Expired 24th Annual Conference – London, 17 November 2023

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  •  17 November 2023
     9:00 am - 6:10 pm

The 24th MHLA Annual Conference will take place on Friday 17 November 2023 at the Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ. The meeting room is the Council Chamber on the first floor.

Conference places MUST be booked and paid for by 5pm Thursday 26 October 2023, 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 Frank Farnham (Consultant Forensic Psychologist): Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC)
11:45 Celia Kitzinger: The Open Justice Court of Protection Project
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Annual General Meeting: Voting of Officers and Committee members, Presentation of Accounts
14:30 Leanne Taylor (University of Kent): Exploring the Legal and Medical Regulation of Transgender Identity, and the Implications for Detention Under the Mental Health Act
15:15 DCP Tribunal Judge Sarah Johnston: A Tribunal Perspective
16:00 Refreshments
16:15 Tam Gill: Case Law Update
17:00 Closing address
17:10 Informal wine reception

Programme subject to change


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

MHLA member: £160 each
MHLA member group discount: £145 each (applies when 3 or more 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 2023. 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.


Those travelling from outside London can find nearby discounted hotel rooms on this page on Hallam Conference Centre’s website. 

Pre-Conference Dinner

If you are interested in joining us for an informal dinner the evening before the conference on Thursday 17 November, please book on this page by Wednesday 1 November.

Venue Information

Hallam Conference Centre is 0.8 miles from Euston Station, 1 mile from Marylebone Station, or 1.3 miles from Kings Cross. The nearest tube station is Great Portland St.

Please visit this link for more information on directions, public transport, and car parking. This venue is within the Congestion Charge Zone.

Accessibility: There are a small number of steps to enter the venue. If you require a ramp or have any other accessibility requirements, please let us know in the ‘Other Requirements’ section when booking.


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: 020 7706 7700

Venue Website:

44 Hallam Street, London, , W1W 6JJ

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