Mandatory scheme for mental health work

Membership of the Law Society’s mental health accreditation scheme is expected to become mandatory for legal aid lawyers from 2014. ‘A provision is to be added to the legal aid contract under which only people with accreditation will be entitled to provide legally aided advocacy at a mental health tribunal,’ says the Law Society. ‘Currently firms are required only to have a supervisor who is a member of the accreditation scheme.’ Apparently, accreditation under the scheme will cost £600 for initial application and £540 for reaccreditation. The Law Society ‘does not intend to make a profit through the scheme’, it says.



About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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