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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Psychiatric Detention

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If you, or someone close to you, has ever been detained or ‘sectioned’ under the Mental Health Act, you know how difficult it is for you and your family.

Should you have concerns about serious failings of care in detention, legal action could be taken against the mental health service providers where they’ve failed to meet their obligations under the Human Rights Act.

We’re known for our persistence in fighting to protect our clients’ rights. We’re committed to seeking amends and justice for our clients.

We have a highly successful record. We secure compensation, apologies, admissions of wrongdoing, and policy changes to improve the standard of care for patients detained under the Mental Health Act.

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The Human Rights Act – protecting the right to life and privacy

The Human Rights Act protects the right to life and privacy. It also requires mental health services to protect patients from inhuman and degrading treatment and stops discrimination because of a disability. Hospitals and those responsible for psychiatric detention must fully investigate any breaches of these fundamental rights.

We also represent families of those who’ve died in psychiatric detention where reasonable steps could’ve been taken to prevent the death but weren’t.

We’re unable to assist with challenges to medical decisions taken about treatment. This includes the decision to detain a person under the Mental Health Act.

"IT WASN'T JUST THE LEGAL ADVICE THAT IMPRESSED ME, IT WAS THE EMPATHY, COMPASSION AND PROFESSIONALISM OF MY SOLICITOR WHICH SET HER APART."

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Issues we can help with

  • Incidents of serious physical, verbal or sexual abuse
  • Use of excessive force
  • Serious injury or death whilst in detention or under the care of mental health services
  • Challenging coroners’ inquest findings and death investigations
  • Neglecting basic standards of health and safety or hygiene
  • Unnecessary disclosure of personal medical information to third parties
Contact our specialist team on
0808 271 9413
or request a call back.
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Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

Highly experienced lawyers

The team are leading Human Rights & Civil Liberties Specialists. They have a huge amount of experience dealing with Psychiatric Detention Claims. You will be in safe hands.

Award winning

The team have won several awards both individually and as a team. They’re recognised as leaders in the field.

Care & compassion

The team are well versed in helping people through very tough times. You can be assured that they will deal with the case in a compassionate way.

"I FELT I COULD TRUST THE TEAM TO BE FIGHTING FOR MY CASE TO GET THE BEST OUTCOME."

Independently recognised as leaders in the field

We’re top ranked in Chambers & Partners 2024 for Police Law and also ranked for Civil Liberties & Human Rights and Administrative & Public Law. We’re also ranked in Legal 500 for Civil Liberties & Human Rights and Administrative and Public Law.

“The whole legal team are professional and empathetic with excellent communication.” “They are excellent in all regards, and are extremely kind, patient and helpful.” “The quality of their lawyers, the work they generate and the way they handle cases are excellent.” – Chambers UK, 2023

“Hodge Jones & Allen’s expertise and passion in this field are truly outstanding. Their comprehensive approach, combined with their deep understanding of the legal complexities involved, allows them to deliver impactful representation” – Legal 500, 2024

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What happens when you contact us?

Contact our human rights team

Whatever your needs, our team of highly experienced solicitors will provide you with the help and advice you need. To seek advice from our specialist team of solicitors contact us by telephone or through our online form.

We’ll gather the information to review your case

Once we’ve spoken to you and we have the details of your complaint we’ll let you know whether we can assist you. If we’re able to assist, then one of our specialist solicitors will be in touch to discuss the case with you in more detail and talk about your options.

Challenges to medical decisions

We’re unable to assist with challenges to medical decisions taken about treatment, including a decision to detain you under the Mental Health Act.

"Hodge Jones & Allen have been remarkably consistent, client-focused, detail-oriented and goal-specific. I have benefited immensely from their guidance, wisdom and advice." Chambers UK, 2021

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"I am happy to recommend HJA to anyone. My solicitor was helpful, courteous and knowledgeable and provided good guidance throughout the duration of my case."