Specialists in mental health and mental capacity law

Between them, the two directors have over 50 years’ experience in this area of work, and 25 reported cases in this field. The most recent, at the end of 2013, compelled the government to restore free legal aid to those detained under the Mental Capacity Act.

Our previous work has included formal instructions from the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts and the Public Trustee. Case Studies of some of our recent work can be found under Testimonials.

Richard Charlton was selected as the first Legal Aid Mental Health Lawyer of the Year in 2004, and has chaired the Mental Health Lawyers Association from 2001 to 2014. He was also elected President of the Mental Health Lawyers Association in 2014.

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Richard Charlton 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 this area of practice by the independent Chambers Law Directory since 2005. He frequently broadcasts and writes with regards to legal developments; and has given evidence to both the Houses of Parliament and to the High Court as a recognised expert in this area of law. 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.

Bharati Gidoomal qualified as a solicitor in 1995. She has previously acted as Senior Supervising Solicitor in a mental health law in a major London firm for 7 years. She has represented clients in all areas of mental health and capacity law. Her legally reported cases include the areas of community care; challenges of local authority decisions; unlawful detention; and the duty to provide mentally unwell prisoners hospital treatment.