MHLA Courses 2018

Education and Training courses: 2018 draft programme

Here are provisional dates for our 2018 programme of training courses. As soon as dates and venues are confirmed, events will be open for registration on the MHLA website ( and will be announced by our administrator by email.

Legal Aid Supervision (1 day)

9 February, London / 15 May, Manchester / 7 June, London 

This course is suitable for those wanting to apply to become supervisors in mental health, community care and other LAA contract categories.  During the day delegates will develop their practical supervision skills including delegation, leadership, team working and file review. There will be guidance on how to apply to become a supervisor, and an overview of the various audit tools the LAA use and how to approach and prepare for audits. The course has been prepared in conjunction with the LAA and attendance can be used to support an application for supervisor status.

Foundation course (1 day)

20 February, London / 29 August, London

This course is aimed at new practitioners and those intending to attend the Panel course in the near future. Attendance at the Foundation course is strongly recommended in order to achieve a sound understanding of the basic principles of mental health law, practice and procedure and in order to achieve the most from the two-day Panel course, which is a pre-requisite for application to The Law Society’s mental health panel.

Panel (accreditation scheme) course (2 days)

22-23 February, Leeds & 26-27 February, London; 25-26 June, London (also running in October, dates tbc)  

The MHLA is an accredited provider of the two-day course which must be attended by prospective members of the Law Society’s Mental Health accreditation scheme (formerly called the Panel). New practitioners are strongly encouraged also to attend the one-day foundation course (although this is not compulsory) in order to benefit fully from this course. The Legal Aid contract requires that all advocacy at Mental Health Tribunals be carried out by members of the Law Society’s accreditation scheme. 

Advocacy, risk and cross-examination masterclass (1 day)

6 March, London / 15 October, Leicester

A course designed to enhance advocacy and case preparation skills. The focus is on preparing for advocacy, with advice on cross-examination of the witnesses and taking evidence-in-chief from the client, along with formulation and delivery of submissions. The course will also cover: understanding mental disorder, nature and degree; psychiatric medications; consent to treatment provisions; understanding, testing, challenging and addressing evidence of the ‘risks’; instructing independent psychiatrists appropriately and using their evidence at tribunal effectively. This course will be delivered by consultant forensic psychiatrists and an experienced mental health solicitor, and will have an interactive element. It is suitable for both new and experienced representatives. 

Refresher & Re-accreditation (1 day)

20 March, London / 3 October, London

This course will be suitable for those seeking re-accreditation, by: reviewing the legal and procedural developments of the last three years; providing a forum for discussing these along with the re-accreditation process; fulfilling the requirement to obtain six mental health CPD points. It will also be of interest to anyone wishing to further their knowledge of mental health law and practice. There will be a significant case study element to highlight areas of law and practice relevant to tribunal representation, including professional ethics, pre-hearing matters and tribunal procedure.

Case Law (1 day)

18 April, London

This one-day course focuses on practical application in the day-to-day work of mental health practitioners when representing clients and is delivered by leading mental health lawyers. This is an interactive course, suitable for new and experienced representatives.

Legal Aid and Peer Review (1 day)

23 April, London

This course provides guidance on the Legal Aid provisions in mental health cases, including escape-fee cases and requirements for means testing. It will also broaden practitioners’ knowledge of the peer review process and the peer review ‘Improving your Quality’ guidance. Training is provided by a current LAA independent costs assessor and a peer reviewer.

NEW! Restricted Patients(1 day)
13 September, London

This course will cover: Restricted sections and provenance; Duration of restricted sections; Powers of MHT; Managing a restricted case – key things to consider for the MH lawyer; MAPPA – overview, role in MHT, Victims,

Introduction to the Court of Protection (1 day)

This course will not be running in 2018.

Pricing and CPD 

  MHLA members Non-members CPD
Full day £150 £195 6 hours
Two days £300 (10% discount for groups of three or more) £390 12 hours