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It is estimated that one in six people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem. One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.  Mental health is a growing public concern and is regularly covered in the news.  In order to practice in the field of mental health law, it is important that your solicitor has a background in the area and experience with working with clients who suffer from mental health problems.

At Thorley Stephenson, our Sarah Prentice has significant experience working exclusively with clients with mental health issues and their carers. Many patients find hospital distressing and difficult. 

At Thorley Stephenson, we assist patients who have been detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 or those that are subject  to compulsory measures of treatment. Patients can be treated on a compulsory basis providing certain criteria are met. There are different types of detention which last for different periods of time : an emergency detention for up to 72 hours, a short term detention for up to 28 days and  a compulsory treatment order or up to six months. Compulsion and Restriction Orders can be granted when an offender has been convicted in the Sheriff or High Court of a sentence punishable by imprisonment.

Legal aid is not means tested for detained patients or patients subject to compulsory measures in the community.  A patient is entitled to obtain an independent psychiatric report in order to challenge the medical evidence of the doctors.  Named Persons of patients are also entitled to legal aid and legal representation.

Contact our Mental Health Solicitors Edinburgh

If you or someone you know is detained at hospital or subject to compulsory treatment in the community, we can assist. Contact us today or call Sarah Prentice direct on 0131 556 9599. 


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