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Book review | Mental Health Law – 5th edition

Lady Justice Brenda Hale Sweet & Maxwell, 2010, £75 ISBN: 978-0414041691

9 March 2012

The mental health practitioner is now spoilt for choice when it comes to textbooks on this area of the law. We have a number of commentaries on the 2007 Act as well as the accepted bible on mental health law – Richard Jones’ Mental Health Act Manual. How does this book compare? At £75 for a 388-page paperback it is not cheap. It is written by an extremely distinguished former academic and current justice of the Supreme Court. The book has a long pedigree, stretching back to the 1970s when the first edition came out. Since then there has been major legislation, in 1983 and the recent amendment in 2007, as well as the related Mental Capacity Act.

Mental health law is not of course only for mental health lawyers. Other professionals and practitioners in related fields such as crime and family need to have access to basic information. Mental health law is increasingly becoming an option for study at first degree lev...

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