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Mental Health

Having a mental illness can be frightening enough without having to deal with the legal system. Hewitts’ specialists can help.

Mental illness can be a distressing and confusing experience for patients and families. It can also have far-reaching legal consequences, such as involuntary detention in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Mental health tribunal hearings can be intimidating. If you, or a member of your family, are subject to a detention order our mental health experts, who are members of the Law Society Mental Health Review Panel, are ready to represent you.

We regularly represent individuals who are detained in hospital.

– All detained patients are eligible for legal aid and representation at a tribunal
– Nearest relatives may also be eligible for legal aid assistance
– Free advice available – just contact your nearest Hewitts office


With help from Hewitts, Jane Brown, not her real name, saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

In times of crisis it’s always reassuring to know you have someone ready to help. Hewitts represented Jane Brown during a difficult period in her life when she was detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act.

Jane said: “I appealed and Hewitts subsequently represented me at a mental health tribunal hearing in which my appeal was successful.

“I found my solicitor’s calming support and attention to detail very reassuring.

“They were professional, prompt and courteous at all times and I would not hesitate to recommend their services.”

Jane said she was grateful for Hewitts’ support during an extremely stressful period in her life.