Expired Foundation course – Leeds, 7 June 2022

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  •  7 June 2022
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Important Information:

Registration from 9am; course runs 9.30am to 5pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Booking closes at 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2022 (or earlier, if all places are taken), as the venue requires the final numbers in advance. Reservations are confirmed when full payment is received. We anticipate high demand, so prompt booking and payment are advised to avoid disappointment.

If the course is no longer able to take place in person, owing to government restrictions (e.g. another lockdown) or our assessment of risk, it will be moved online. If this is not possible, delegates will either be refunded or transferred to an alternative course of their choice, plus or minus any difference in the fee.

If venue capacity decreases due to government restrictions (e.g. social distancing becomes mandatory), those who booked and paid first will be prioritised. Everyone else will either be refunded or transferred to an alternative course of their choice, plus or minus any difference in the fee.

Dependent on government advice and best practice at the time of the course, delegates may be asked to provide evidence of a negative LFT to ensure the safety of all attendees.

We kindly ask delegates to stay up to date on government guidelines at the time of their course: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The venue may also have their own rules regardless of current guidelines or law. You can view the venue’s current policy here: https://www.hilton.com/en/p/what-to-expect/

You will not be refunded if you are asked to leave a premises for not abiding by Covid guidelines.


MHLA Members = £150.00
Non-members = £195.00

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.

Professional Development:

This course provides 6 hours structured PD for TLS Mental Health Accreditation Scheme. Professional Development Hours = 6. Reference BYE/MHLA.


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.

Our next Panel course takes place on 27-28 June 2022, ONLINE. To find more information and book your place, click here.

The course
The foundation course takes an interactive approach. It covers the basics of mental health law, Legal Aid, and running a mental health file. 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.

Outline Programme – MHLA Foundation Course
Representing Detained Patients
Speaker (subject to change): Neil Cronin

1. Introduction to mental health legislation – the historical perspective
2. What does it mean to be “sectioned” – basic sections: definitions, statute and procedure relating to s.1, s.2, s.3, s.37/41, s.17, s.17A, s.72. s.73; Consent to Treatment provisions; Nearest Relatives
3. Legal Aid – how to complete CW1/2 forms; CLR
4. Running a mental health file – including the day to day life of a mental health lawyer, best practice in conducting a case file from start to finish including taking instructions, giving advice, case preparation and representation
5. What is a MHT – why could the patient need representation? – including ethical considerations, capacity, MHT procedure
6. What is a HMH – why could the patient need representation? – including renewal, applications, “powers”, merits of a HMH
7. What is a CPA – why could the patient need representation? – including LAA considerations etc, purpose of CPA, role of the legal representative
8. Q&A / Plenary session


Venue Phone: 0113 241 1000

Venue Website:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds, , LS1 4BR