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AM silks involved in new Mental Health title

Mental Health & Scots Law in Practice

A New Resource


The 2nd Edition of Mental Health & Scots Law in Practice has just been published by W. Green having first been trailed by Arnot Manderson Advocates at its Mental Health & Incapacity Conference in September.

The text was co-authored by Arnot Manderson silk Joanna Cherry QC and Professor Lindsay Thomson (Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh and Medical Director, The State Hospital) and features a significant contribution by another Arnot Manderson silk and Mental Health specialist, Kenneth Campbell QC.

The September Conference, which was co-chaired by Joanna Cherry QC and included presentations by Professor Thomson and Kenneth Campbell QC, acted as a curtain raiser for the 2nd edition of the book which is designed to assist a range of professionals working in the field of mental health, including solicitors and advocates, psychiatrists, psychologists, criminologists, social workers and nurses.

This 2nd Edition expands upon the impact of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 on those involved with mental health in Scotland. Increased detail on effectiveness of tribunals is included along with a new chapter on risk.

An essential description on the provisions of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, as amended, is also provided. The authors provide key guidance on psychiatric systems and services for mentally disordered offenders, including the new legislation for psychiatric defenses as of 2012. The book goes further and offers practical advice on providing expert reports and giving evidence in court, ensuring you can confidently confront the challenges this raises.

Professor Lindsay Thomson said: “It is almost a decade since the 2003 Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act came into clinical practice. Much has changed legally and clinically over that time. It is therefore essential to have a second edition of Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice and to extend the coverage of book into criminology, the working of the Mental Health Tribunal Scotland, civil issues including capacity, and risk management.”

Her co-author for this 2nd Edition, Joanna Cherry QC echoed these sentiments.

She said: “I am delighted to see this book published at a time when it has been possible to cover so many important developments in mental health and Scots law. As a lawyer it has been a pleasure to collaborate with healthcare professionals and academics to produce a book which I hope will be of assistance to all working in this area.”

More information on the book can be found here.

Arnot Manderson members practice across a range of areas involving mental health and capacity, and a number of our senior and junior counsel regularly appear for claimants and for public authorities in tribunals as well as courts.  For more information on instructing one of the Arnot Manderson Mental Health Specialists please visit

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