13 October 2022 - 14 October 2022
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
This is the MHLA’s ONLINE version of our Panel (Accreditation) course. The course will take place via Zoom from 9.30am to 5:30pm on 13th and 14th October 2022.
Please note that those registering after 28th September 2022 will receive a DIGITAL (PDF) copy of the coursebook. No physical copy will be sent.
Booking closes at 9am on 10 October 2022 — when any unpaid registrations are automatically cancelled — or earlier, if all places are taken. Reservations are confirmed when full payment is received, if places are still available at that time. We anticipate very high demand, so prompt booking and payment are advised to avoid disappointment.
The Mental Health Lawyers Association is an approved provider of the two-day course which must be attended by prospective members of the Law Society’s accreditation scheme (formerly called the ‘panel’).
Ensure that you book your panel course directly with a provider which is approved by the Law Society. We have been made aware of a non-approved organisation which advertises many panel courses but which, for a large fee, merely books customers onto other providers’ courses. We will not accept such third-party bookings.
The Legal Aid contract which commenced 1 August 2014 requires that all advocacy at Mental Health Tribunals be carried out by members of the Law Society’s accreditation scheme. Our presenters include Tribunal judges, Law Society assessors, LAA peer reviewers and costs assessors, and other experienced solicitors with a wealth of practical experience of representing patients at Mental Health Tribunals.
The course is supported by a c.300-page coursebook which is updated for each course. The coursebook contains over 200 pages of original content, plus several appendices (including the peer review guidance, the latest Law Society practice note, and recent MHT Practice Directions).
Topics include: The European Convention on Human Rights and mental health law, Civil sections and CTOs, Criminal detaining sections, Special considerations in restricted cases, Psychiatric information, Consent to treatment provisions, Nearest relative, Mandatory and discretionary references, Ethical and other conduct guidance, Interface between Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983, Legal Aid, The Mental Health Tribunal and its Rules, Case preparation, and Advocacy.
The course has been held many times, in various cities, since 2011. Feedback from all of these courses has been excellent.
MHLA members: £300
Group bookings: £270 (10% discount) for groups of three or more MHLA members
If you are unsure of your MHLA membership status, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course provides 12 hours structured PD for TLS Mental Health Accreditation Scheme. Professional Development Hours = 12. Reference: BYE/MHLA.
Certificates of attendance are issued to all who complete the full course.
Venue: ONLINE COURSE