Expired Panel Course – Online, 27-28 June 2022

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  •  27 June 2022 - 28 June 2022
     9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Important Information:

This was originally advertised as a hybrid course taking place in Leeds and online, but will now be taught ONLINE ONLY. All delegates who booked to attend in Leeds have been notified — please check your emails. Contact us at admin@mhla.co.uk if our correspondence hasn’t reached you.

Registration from 9am; course runs 9.30am to 5pm.

Booking closes at 5pm on 10th June 2022 (or earlier, if all places are taken), as coursebooks are POSTED to delegates in advance. Reservations are confirmed when full payment is received. We anticipate very high demand, so prompt booking and payment are advised to avoid disappointment.

Course Overview:

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.

We strongly encourage new MH practitioners to also attend our Foundation course (although this is not compulsory) in order to benefit fully from the Panel course. Our next Foundation course takes place on Tuesday 7 June 2022, in Leeds. To find more information and book your place, click here. 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 Panel course, which is a pre-requisite for application to The Law Society’s mental health panel.

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
Non-members: £390

If you are unsure of your MHLA membership status, please email us at admin@mhla.co.uk.

Professional Development:

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.


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