Mental Health

We understand the challenges mental health providers and commissioners face in navigating the complex and overlapping legal frameworks governing mental health services.
Our specialist, practical advice and 24-hour accessible service support the delivery of safe, quality mental health services and help respond to legal or regulatory incidents, claims, complaints, CQC criticism or ICO action, minimising the impact on patient care, workforce morale, and finances.


The mental health sector is heavily regulated, and subject to constant legal changes and challenges. Timely specialist advice can have a huge impact, and this is where we stand out.

By supporting legal and regulatory compliance and improvement, and responding quickly when something goes wrong, we deliver solutions with significant cost savings. Our understanding of the sector means we’re seen as the first port of call for distress purchases, innovation and business development.

We can assist with issues related to the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, deprivation of liberty, safeguarding, and community based care. We provide a specialist training service for health and social care professionals, and we offer a local service to NHS and independent sector providers and commissioners across a national footprint and team.

We also have extensive experience dealing with complex case reviews, serious incident investigations, and complex mental health inquests, Tribunals and Court of Protection proceedings.

Featured experience

  • Managing multi-agency management of pregnant, incapable, mentally ill, incompliant women through obstetric management and delivery
  • Supporting mental health provider boards in the NHS and independent sector in managing CQC scrutiny at a well-led, civil enforcement and criminal prosecution level
  • Advising on the management of complex, high-risk, vulnerable patients in the context of inquests, incident investigations and regulator/press scrutiny
  • Acting on behalf of an independent sector mental health provider in the acquisition of a new service involving a difficult lease negotiation and specialist regulatory due diligence
  • Defending an ICB in Judicial Review proceedings in respect of s117 aftercare obligations and liabilities

What our clients say

  • Their strengths lie in the knowledge they have which they impart in a manner that does not baffle the clinician and brings the two separate worlds together of law and clinical practice, which is no mean feat.

    Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition

  • Very sound advice, both technical and “real world likelihood” in terms of risk management in particular.

    Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition

  • DAC Beachcroft has a fantastic team who are able to support with any legal health-related matters.

    Chambers and Partners UK 2023 Edition Mental Health: Providers: Providers Client

  • The team is always responsive and offers a comprehensive service.

    Chambers and Partners UK 2023 Edition Mental Health: Providers: Providers Client

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.