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Category Archives: Mental Health

Swain & Co Success: We pass Mental Health audit with flying colours

We are pleased to say that we have maintained our top Excellence rating in relation to our Mental Health work. This fantastic achievement comes as a result of our latest Peer Review, where a sample of our files on Mental Health work was sent to another solicitors for scoring. The rating is 1 to 5,…
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Mental Health concerns

Concerns have been raised by a coroner regarding the difficulties mental health patients can face when they come into contact with the police. An inquest in Brixton, London heard that the police used unreasonable force when detaining mental health patient, Sean Rigg. Tragically Mr Rigg later died in police custody. The jury led inquest found…
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Staff achievement: Mental Health Accreditation

Swain & Co. solicitors are pleased to announce that Tom Battarbee, Melanie Kingsley and Sarah Langley have recently become members of the Law Society’s Panel for Mental Health Lawyers. They join Adrian Syms, Joanna Dean and Melanie Lidstone-Land, who are also members. This means that our accredited solicitors have satisfied the Law Society that they…
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Family criticise the hospital over death of son

The family of Michael Carroll, a schizophrenic young man with drug dependency, criticise the hospital over his death from a drug overdose for letting him out of the psychiatric ward on his own. The family believe that Michael may still be alive if he had not been given permission to unescorted leave from St. James’…
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NHS is failing patients with mental illness

According to a report published today, mental illness accounts for half of all ill health amongst those of working age and apparently it has a similar impact on life expectancy as smoking. A panel of experts including economists, psychologists, doctors and NHS managers say that the NHS is failing to provide even the basic treatment…
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Dementia sufferer was tasered by police

A 59-year-old man was tasered by police when they were faced with a significant level of violence, says Humberside Police. Swain & Co.’s specialist community care solicitors support the Alzheimer’s Society’s concerns that this incident is truly alarming, where a Taser gun has been used on a vulnerable person. This gentleman was suffering from a…
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Discrimination against people with mental health problems

The Lancet study found that one in four mentally ill people have been attacked in the last year (as reported by the BBC on 28th February 2012). The underlying reasons behind this saddening statistic are complex, as is the subject of mental illness. But generally, people with mental illnesses are likely to struggle with personal relationships,…
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Leading human rights case extends duties of psychiatric hospitals

The Mental Health team at Swain and Co welcome the decision in the landmark case of Rabone v Pennine Care NHS Trust [2010] EWCA Civ 698. In this case, it was decided that the parents of an informal patient should be able to rely upon The Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended), in establishing that…
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