We are specialists in mental health law. Our solicitors have enormous experience in advising and representing patients with a wide variety of mental disorders, including affective disorders (bipolar disorder or depression), autism, asperger's syndrome, dementia (eg alzheimers), eating disorder, learning disability, personality disorder, and schizophrenia.
We represent patients of all ages in all types of hospital setting (NHS and private), whether that be a general acute psychiatric ward or somewhere more specialised, such as a secure hospital (low, medium or high).
We are based in Taunton, in the south west of England, but we provide advice to patients throughout the country.
As well as advising and representing hospital in-patients, we provide advice to people who are living in the community. We can assist you if you are a community-based patient and are having trouble accessing mental health services.
We can also help if you want legal advice in relation to, or on behalf of, a family member with mental health problems.
Areas of advice for in-patients include:
Areas of advice for community patients include:
Often, it is the families of people with mental health problems that need legal advice. We offer sympathetic, sensible and informed advice if you are concerned about the treatment of a family member with a mental health condition.
We advise on:
We aim to provide a standard of representation with which all our clients will be happy. We place particular emphasis on staying in close contact with our clients throughout their cases.
We would expect to see a new client within 24 hours of an initial call, and will then be on hand to provide telephone advice 24 hours a day. Should you need advice about mental health and the law please call us on 01823 692800, or click here to send us an email and we will call you back.
The first step is to contact the team at Butler & Co Solicitors to tell us about your case. There are no charges for an initial discussion.
Once we understand your particular circumstances, we can advise you on any costs and whether or not you would be eligible for public funding (legal aid).
In certain circumstances, we may be able to make an arrangement for costs to be paid by monthly standing order.
Legal representation at a mental health tribunal is usually eligible for public funding without means testing.
Eligibility for legal aid in other cases may be dependent upon your financial circumstances.
We will always provide you with a written explanation and estimate of any costs involved and any funding options before proceeding.
We will not incur any costs on your behalf without your permission.
Throughout the case we will keep you updated on the costs already incurred and likely to be incurred.