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Healthcare, Mental Health and Mental Capacity

Healthcare, Mental Health and Mental Capacity

Matrix’s healthcare, mental health and mental capacity team provides expertise in a broad range of challenges relating to individuals’ physical and mental health, disabilities and need for treatment or care, as well as cases dealing with service provision, regulatory and criminal issues, commissioning and public procurement, and competition law.

Often, complex healthcare claims usually benefit from knowledge of several relevant areas of law, as well as an understanding of the landscape of social welfare provision. Our work in human rights and public law means we have leading experts in challenges against public bodies and in equality law. The diversity of our team means we are able to advise on cases from a range of perspectives, often drawing on experts in several areas.

Our areas of work include:

  • Judicial review of decision impacting national provision of healthcare and the provision of care to individuals.
  • Health and healthcare-related inquests and inquiries.
  • Health and healthcare issues relating to prisons.
  • Health and healthcare issues arising in immigration cases.
  • Unlawful detention.
  • Employment disputes concerning disability discrimination.
  • Professional regulation of healthcare providers.
  • Community care issues.
  • Issues concerning mental health and healthcare.
  • Confidentiality and information rights.
  • Cases concerning the right to life and the right to die.
  • Competition and procurement law issues related to the provisions of healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
  • Criminal law relating to healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry.

Specialist members

Matrix’s group includes experts who have appeared in many of the leading cases on healthcare-related public law, equality and human rights issues. We bring unparalleled expertise in equality issues and encompass immigration, prison and mental health-related claims. One of our members also works as an NHS GP and is mainly instructed in health-related public law challenges brought by people who are marginalised or vulnerable or by campaigners. We have acted in a number of high-profile clinical negligence and product liability cases. Several members have a particular interest in women’s rights in childbirth. Our criminal law team are able to advise on regulatory and criminal matters involving the pharmaceutical industry.

Mental health and mental capacity

Many of the members of this team have experience advising and representing parties on issues relating specifically to the rights of those with mental health issues and the provision of specific healthcare for these issues. This area concerns issues of consent and capacity to make decisions and detention of individuals under the Mental Health Act 1983. Our members have experience in these areas, particularly concerning their intersection with prisoners’ rights and community care law.

Commercial and EU law matters

Our Commercial and EU teams have specialist expertise in pharmaceutical regulation and competition law cases arising in that sector.


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Nick Armstrong
Called: 2001 Solicitor: 1998
Chris Buttler QC
Called: 2004 Silk: 2021
Emma Foubister
Called: 2016
Jonathan Glasson QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2013
Mark Greaves
Called: 2016
Sarah Hannett QC
Called: 2003 Silk: 2021
Richard Hermer QC
Called: 1993 Silk 2009
Janet Kentridge
Called: 1999
Zoë Leventhal
Called: 2002
Rachel Logan
Called: 2008
Prof. Jonathan H. Marks
Called: 1992
Karon Monaghan QC
Called: 1989 Silk: 2008
Helen Mountfield QC
Called: 1991 Silk: 2010
Paul Skinner
Called: 2010
Lorna Skinner QC
Called: 1997 Silk: 2021
Hugh Southey QC
Called: 1996 Silk: 2010 Called: 2010 (Northern Ireland)
Dan Squires QC
Called: 1998 Silk: 2016
David Wolfe QC
Barrister since: 1992