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.
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.