Pump Court Chambers

Catherine Ellis appointed to the First Tier Tribunal – Mental Health Jurisdiction

News 17th January 2023

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Catherine Ellis has been appointed as a fee paid judge of the First Tier Tribunal – Mental Health Jurisdiction. As this is a part-time appointment, Catherine will continue to practice as a barrister alongside sitting and remains available for instruction.

The Mental Health Tribunal is an independent body whose role is to hear applications and references for people who have had their liberty restricted under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended). These include patients who are detained in a hospital as well as those who are living in the community but subject to legal restrictions under the Mental Health Act. The Tribunal has power to discharge patients. In some circumstances it can make legal recommendations ‘to facilitate discharge’. The powers of the Tribunal vary according to what section of the Mental Health Act the patient is under. This includes whether the patient is a restricted patient (subject to the Mental Health Act because of a court order/transferred from prison) or unrestricted patient (subject to the Mental Health Act but not because of a court order or transferred from prison).

Further details about the First Tier Tribunal can be found here.

Described as “conscientious, hardworking and a fabulously prepared advocate”, Catherine Ellis is ranked as a Leading Junior in Children Law in the current edition of the Legal 500 and has a wealth of experience in both public and private law family matters. She enjoys a varied practice – accepting instructions from parents, guardians and local authorities alike, which enables her to bring invaluable insight to every client’s case.

For further information on Catherine’s practice or to instruct her, please contact Tony Atkins, Senior Clerk or Sean Gentleman, Senior Family Clerk on 020 7353 0711 or via email: clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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