At Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors, we have significant experience in dealing with mental health matters and can represent you or a loved one in criminal matters where mental health is an issue or in the Mental Health Tribunal. Marcel and his team understand and appreciate the issues confronting people with mental illness or intellectual and physical disability within the legal system such as:
- Ill-informed understanding or misdiagnosis of mental health issues
- An inability to effectively communicate
- Challenges in comprehending the situation from a legal perspective including understanding legal process and terminology
Where do I go when I am facing a legal problem and struggling with my mental health?
Being faced with a legal problem can be a daunting experience, let alone facing this whilst struggling with a mental illness that can be easily misunderstood. Marcel has many years of experience assisting people, who suffer from mental illnesses, navigate the legal system. Using this experience, Marcel can assist you to understand your problems, your legal options and how they may be resolved. His in-depth knowledge and understanding of various illness’s such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia stem from his years of taking instructions and learning from his clients who have been scheduled under the Mental Health Act through to questioning Psychiatrists in the hearing process and his ongoing commitment to advocacy in the mental health arena.
Have you the capacity to enter an agreement?
A person’s mental illness and capacity may be an important factor to consider in a variety of situations. For example, you may be faced with signing an agreement when it is time to purchase a car. It is important that you fully understand what conditions you are accepting and are clear about what your responsibilities and rights are.
Why legal support is needed in a tribunal hearing?
Another area is where you or a loved one are scheduled under the Mental Health Act. In these circumstances its important that an experienced lawyer, such as Marcel, assists you in your tribunal hearings as having your freedom taken away, for no other reason but for your mental illness, is to be taken very seriously.
Is the right path being taken in your criminal matter?
A person may find himself or herself charged with criminal offences. In these cases it’s very important that sections 33 and 32 applications are considered. Ultimately, if successful this would mean that leniency would be given under the mental health crimes sentencing provisions.
Have you been injured?
Finally, and sadly you may have been injured as a result of being arrested, as not all people are able to deal with a person having a mental health episode. If you have been injured then we can assist you in making a claim for compensation.
Is mental health legal experience necessary?
Marcel has helped many people with mental illnesses where their situations have required expert assistance including; misdiagnosis of mental illness, assisting in the hearing process to ensure the best and safest treatment is applied and ensuring that the least restrict principles are applied. He has a great track record of achieving positive outcomes for our clients whilst being able to maintain the therapeutic relationship between the treating psychiatrist and person. Marcel and his team are willing and able to help you achieve the best result possible for you.