Richard Charlton is a recognised leading practitioner in this area of law. He was selected as the first Legal Aid Mental Health Lawyer of the Year in 2004 and has been President of the Mental Health Lawyers Association since 2014. One of his recent key cases has resulted in the restoration by the Government of free legal aid for those detained under the Mental Capacity Act.
He assesses the quality of other lawyers in this field as a Law Society Assessor for the Mental Health Tribunal Panel and for the Ministry of Justice as a Senior Peer Reviewer in mental health law.
He has been listed as a leader in the field in the independent Chambers Law Directory since 2005.