MHLA, NW Regional Meeting – 26th February, Manchester

All members are invited to the next meeting of the North West Area MHLA

Date: Wednesday, 26th February

Time: 4.30-6.00pm

Venue: Lincoln House Chambers, Tower 12, 18 – 22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Tel: 0161 832 5701. Please click here for location details.

CPD Points: 1.5

CPD Ref: 2647/MHTA

Topic: The current LAA Tender

There will be refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please can you RSVP as soon as possible to Kathryn Gibson at, so that we have an indication of numbers we are catering for.

The meeting is free and open to all MHLA members.

Mental Health and Immigration Detention Action Group

The Mental Health and Immigration Detention Action Group (MHIDAG) is a voluntary and unfunded group with a membership of lawyers, health professionals, ex-detainees and NGO workers.


•Is seriously concerned about the mental health of those held under Immigration Powers

•Considers that aspects of the current detention and healthcare policy and their current implementation are detrimental to the mental health of immigration detainees

•Will be marshalling evidence and submissions to influence a change for the better for both individual detainees and detainees as a whole

The MHIDAG works collaboratively through discussion and information exchange and through influencing external bodies.

The address for correspondence is Dr Hilary Pickles Medical Justice 86 Durham Road, London N7 7DT or

The group will be launching a report on 17th December about the treatment of people with mental health problems in immigration detention.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists’ has also issued a statement outlining its position on immigration detention. Please click here to view the statement. There have been four recent cases where people with mental health issues were found to have their Article 3 rights breached including the Das case. The claimant’s appeal was heard in the Court of Appeal in November and the judgment is awaited. Mind and Medical Justice intervened in that appeal.

The Royal College’s position statement makes some helpful and important observations about the serious difficulties of managing a person’s mental health care in an immigration removal centre and it also makes some observations about what is meant by serious mental illness and that this cannot be equated with the need for inpatient admission.

If anyone from the MHLA is interested in assisting the group with their work or would like more information then they should contact Dr Hilary Pickles who chairs the group.

‘Civil Legal Aid Online’ Engagement Events

The Legal Aid Agency is holding a series of ‘Civil Legal Aid Online’ engagement events which start next Monday (18 November).

The events are for those who will use the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) from 20 January 2014 (organisations with names starting with the letters A-F and counsel).

The events are designed for Partners, Practice Managers, Chambers’ Managers and Clerks. However, organisations may wish other employees to attend.

Individuals can book a place via the EventBrite website:

The system only takes individual – not block – bookings although more than one person can attend from any one organisation.

We are holding Webex sessions in December for those unable to attend.

If you have any questions about these events, please email:

Further details can be found here

Legal Aid: ‘Reject Fix’ facility for Escape Cases

The National Mental Health and Escape Case team has now extended the ‘Reject Fix’ facility to include Escape Cases. This facility is a method by which you can contact the Legal Aid Agency to submit details of claims you consider have been rejected incorrectly. The facility for Escape cases will open from Tuesday 28th August 2013 and you are requested that as much information be included in your submission in order that we can investigate the circumstances thoroughly. The email address for your submissions is

Consultation for the Law Commission’s 12th Programme of Law Reform

Consultation for the Law Commission’s 12th Programme of Law Reform

The Law Commission is seeking ideas for law reform projects for its new work programme. It is seeking help from practitioners to identify areas of the law that would benefit from reform.

The consultation will decide which areas of law the Commission will review over the next three or four years, and provides an opportunity for organisations and individuals to ask it to examine specific issues that might be causing concern. While you are here have a look at europa casino if you want to play casino games for free or or party bingo if you are looking to play bingo games online for free through party bingo and europ casino websites.

Details of the consultation are available on the Law Commission’s website (, along with the questionnaires that are used to submit project proposals.

The closing date for proposals is 31 October 2013.