Specialists in mental health and mental capacity law

Richard Charlton has been independently ranked in Chambers UK Law Directory as a leader in the field (2008-2015) as follows:

Chambers UK 2015

"Fantastically knowledgeable mental health lawyer" Richard Charlton is one of two directors at Richard Charlton Solicitors. According to one source, "the whole profession rates him highly." He has had a distinguished career acting for patients and their families subject to the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act. He is also highly experienced in holding public authorities to account for their actions in relation to mental health patients.

Chambers UK 2014

Described as “very committed and effective,” Richard Charlton focuses his practice on mental capacity, community care and legal challenges, and is celebrated for his handling of difficult situations. He wins high acclaim from market sources, who say: “Apart from being a very clever solicitor, Richard is passionate about human rights issues, specifically relating to mental health issues, and is also a very kind, caring, hard-working, professional individual.” Recent highlights include representing a number of mental health residents in a group action regarding inappropriate transfer against the responsible authority for their aftercare.

Chambers UK 2013

Richard Charlton is a recognised expert in mental health law, and is held in particularly high regard for his expertise in mental health capacity cases.

Chambers UK 2012

Richard Charlton has a practice that covers mental health law and community care law, including capacity cases, especially where mental health is an issue.

Chambers UK 2011

Richard Charlton is a highly regarded practitioner in the field.

Chambers UK 2010

Richard Charlton is “a recognised guru” in mental health law. His role as chair of the Mental Health Lawyers Association affirms his enviable reputation in the field, gained through years of outstanding work in significant matters. Sources comment that “he’s solid, hard-working and amazingly capable.”

Chambers UK 2009

Richard Charlton is best known for his tribunal work and is considered to be an expert in legal issues regarding insanity and diminished responsibility. Interviewees credit him with being “an enthusiastic defender of his clients’ positions.”

Chambers UK 2008

Richard Charlton has a background as a social worker and is regarded as someone “who really cares for his clients.” He is also “an exceptionally good lawyer” who is “phenomenally influential” in this area of the law.