Expired 23rd Annual Conference – Manchester, 11 Nov 2022

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  •  11 November 2022
     9:00 am - 6:30 pm

The 23rd MHLA Annual Conference will take place on Friday 11 November 2022 at the MacDonald Manchester Hotel, London Rd, Manchester, M1 2PG. The meeting room is the Piccadilly Suite on the first floor. This will be our first face-to-face Conference since 2019, and we look forward to welcoming you in person.

Conference places MUST be booked and paid for by 5pm Thursday 27 October 2022, as the venue requires the final numbers in advance. After that date, please contact us at admin@mhla.co.uk if you wish to be placed on the reserve list in case of cancellations.

This conference provides 5 hours structured PD for TLS Mental Health Accreditation Scheme, and 1 hour structured PD for TLS Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme. Professional Development Hours = 6. Reference BYE/MHLA.

Programme: Speakers and Topics 

09:00 Registration & refreshments
09:30 Neil Cronin: Chair’s address & Welcome
09:45 Legal Aid Agency: Najmus Madarbux & Jake Kraft
10:45 Refreshments
11:00 Dr Tim Diggle (Consultant Forensic Psychologist): Autism Spectrum Disorder: Points of interest: Tips for practice
11:45 DCP Sarah Johnston
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Annual General Meeting: Voting of Officers and Committee members, Presentation of Accounts
14:15 Judge Anslem Eldergill: Current Issues in the Court of Protection
15:15 Caroline Allnutt (Deputy Director) DHSC: Government Proposals for Reform of the Mental Health Act
16:00 Refreshments
16:15 Judge Claire Wills-Goldingham KC: Representing Youth Clients before the Mental Health Tribunal
17:00 Closing address
17:10 Informal Reception

Programme subject to change


The conference fee includes a hot buffet lunch and all refreshments.

MHLA member: £160 each
MHLA member group discount: £145 each (applies when 3-4 members from the same firm book together)
Non-MHLA member ticket: £230

If booking at the discounted members rate, please ensure you are a fully paid-up MHLA member for 2022. Please email admin@mhla.co.uk if you are unsure of your membership status. Click here to view membership eligibility, fees, and to download an application form.


The MacDonald Manchester Hotel is reserving 40 rooms for the night of Thursday 10 November, and include breakfast the next morning. These are single occupancy rooms at a reduced rate of £115.00, available to members on a first-come-first-served basis. To book the rooms please call the reservations team on 0161 272 3200, or email general.manchester@macdonald-hotels.co.uk and quote the code MENH111122.

Pre-Conference Dinner

If you are interested in joining us for an informal dinner the evening before the conference on Thursday 10 November, please book on this page by Wednesday 2 November.


Secure parking is available onsite and is charged at £25.00 for 24 hours. Parking is available on a first come first served basis. The address of the car park is: Berry Street, M1 2AD.

Please see this page for information on parking and road closures.

Venue Information

The hotel is 0.1 miles from Manchester Piccadilly Station, or 1.1 miles from Manchester Victoria Station. The nearest tram stop is Piccadilly.

If using Google Maps, search for ‘Macdonald Manchester Hotel, London Rd, Manchester, M1 2PG’.


The MHLA offers a unique range of advertising and sponsorship opportunities to enable organisations which share our aims and values to promote their services to our members, and to others with an interest in the field of mental health law. If you are interested in finding out more about exhibition & display, delegate pack inserts, and so on, email admin@mhla.co.uk to request our Rate Card.


Venue Phone: 0344 879 9088

Venue Website:

London Road, Manchester, , M1 2PG