Michael Butler
Frances Grice
Chris Heery
Catrin Blake
Jon Tilbury
Helen Georgiou
Katie Hughes
Anya Hoyland
Angela Wall
Chloe Reed
who we are

Butler & Co Solicitors is a specialist law firm, providing advice and representation in cases involving mental health law and the Court of Protection.

Our lawyers have particular expertise in dealing with vulnerable individuals who have mental health difficulties and who may be detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

We are a young, progressive firm with a fresh approach towards legal practice. We aim for a friendly relationship with all our clients, but we also recognise the need to work to the highest professional standards on their behalf at all times.

We are committed to excellence in our work, and our aim is to make sure that every single client feels that they have had the best possible advice and representation.

We are based in Taunton, though our reputation means that we are instructed to represent clients nationwide.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Please feel free to contact any member of the firm for more information about how we can help you. Call our office on 01823 692800 or click here to send us an email and we will call you back.

Chris Heery | Associate Solicitor

E-mail: ch@butler-solicitors.co.uk

Chris is an Associate Solicitor specialising in mental health law and joined Butler & Co in 2009.

He is a member of the Law Society Mental Health Tribunal Panel. He is regularly instructed by patients detained under Part II and Part III Mental Health Act 1983, and patients concerned with criminal proceedings.

He is adept at advocating for his clients, ensuring their wishes are presented clearly to the tribunal panel and ensuring that their right to a fair hearing is maintained. He places great emphasis on good case preparation, and stays in frequent contact with his clients, whether in hospital or in the community, in order to ensure that they feel properly prepared for appeal hearings.

Notable cases

  • Judicial Review of a decision by the hospital managers not to discharge a patient when criteria for detention were not met. Application made to the Royal Courts of Justice.
  • Challenge against lawfulness of section on basis that the patient's section papers had been invalid, due to a failure to consult with the patient's Nearest Relative.
  • Other experience

    His experience also includes:

  • representing clients at tribunal hearings and hospital managers' hearings
  • representing clients on a number of ancillary matters which have arisen
       out of their detention under the Mental Health Act
  • advising on judicial review proceedings
  • representing clients in nearest relative displacement proceedings
  • advising clients on potential claims for unlawful detention or habeas corpus
  • Chris works primarily in Somerset and Dorset but travels to London and further afield to maintain continuity for clients who are transferred to specialist units.

    Chris is a director for Mind in Taunton and West Somerset, a mental health charity which works to support those in Somerset with their mental health needs.