Mental Health

Mental health legislation is extremely specialised. Our team advises on all aspects of mental capacity and mental health, giving clear, reassuring guidance to clients. Our experts work with social services, mental health foundation trusts and care homes with sensitive legal issues.

Safeguarding vulnerable individuals

Our highly experienced deputyship team has specialist expertise in dealing with applications to the Court of Protection. We are authorised to act as a corporate deputy to safeguard the welfare and finances of vulnerable individuals.


In recent years the remit of disability discrimination has expanded to include a number of previously unacknowledged or under recognised conditions. The public sector equality duty has been introduced to eliminate mental health discrimination both within public authorities and for anyone who uses a public service. Our Mental Health team can help formulate policies and procedures to ensure public bodies are compliant and adopt best practice. In addition, we offer training in this specialised area to clients.


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Carolyn Whaymand, Head of Adult Law and Deputyship

Carolyn Whaymand

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Legal Services Manager

Carolyn has extensive experience in adult social care law, Mental Health and Immigration. Carolyn also specialises in dealing with all aspects of law relating to vulnerable adults including: Human Rights, Honor Based Abuse and Forced Marriages. She is an advocate before the Court of Protection and the Principal Registry of the ...

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