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Peter Edwards

Position: Solicitor and Director, Court of Protection department

Location: Hoylake, Wirral, Liverpool, North West

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I am a human rights lawyer and have been all my professional life. The focus of my work for the past 48 years has been to fight for the rights of mentally disabled people by using my skills as a lawyer.

I am described in the Chambers UK Guide as having a ‘national reputation and to be an ‘extremely high calibre thinker’ and in 2016 I was the ‘Mental Health and Capacity Law Lawyer of the Year UK’.

My expertise in mental capacity law was recently recognised when I was appointed an ‘Accredited Legal Representative’ by the Law Society.

I am a also member of the Mental Health Tribunal Panel and a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association (MHLA). I was formally a committee member of MHLA and then held the post of President of the Association for a while.

I am a member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA)

I was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2016.

I am an honorary senior lecturer at Edge Hill University and I also lecture at Chester University. As a practitioner and academic I keep up to date with developments and I see how the law operates in practice and carefully consider its impact on users and professionals. I have written editorial and articles for the Mental Health Nursing magazine.

I have recently written a guest review for Lexis Nexis on the case Re X (A Child) (No 3) [2017]

I am on the editorial board of the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.

I wrote a critique on stigma following a presentation I made to forensic social workers in Liverpool. .

I also run Peter Edwards Law Training. This provides practical legal training across the range of mental health and capacity law issues. I believe that my skill is to take what can be complicated legal concepts and explain them in simple practical terms to those working in front line services. I am honoured when asked to provide training for the real experts, namely those who have personal experience of using services.

I contribute to courses nationally on s.12 approved doctor updates, Best Interest Assessor updates and Approved Mental Health Professional updates.

I have worked with the Isle of Man and Jersey helping the development of their mental health and capacity laws. I am currently working with Gibraltar. It has recently updated their mental health and capacity legislation.

Past appointments

In 2007 I was nominated as Mental Health Lawyer of the Year.

I have been involved in the voluntary sector for over 40 years being a member of the management committee of national MIND and was previously Chair of Liverpool MIND (now Imagine)

I was a legal member of the Mental Health Act Commission from 1983 – 1989 where I served on the Central Policy Committee helping to develop the work of the new Commission.

I was the Law Society Chief Assessor Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel where I introduced the reaccreditation scheme.

Subsequently I was appointed as mental health consultant to Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and oversaw the mental health accreditation scheme at a time when it was the responsibility of the SRA.

I have been a legal consultant to the World Health Organisation where I assisted in editing a WHO Resource book on human rights and legislation.

I was a founder member of the Law Society Mental Health and Disability Committee.

I have worked with the Isle of Man Government on the development of their mental health and capacity laws.

I have also assisted the Jersey Government and Jersey MIND in updating their mental health laws and assisting in their plans to introduce capacity legislation. I have also assisted the Jersey Law Society in introducing an accreditation scheme to allow their lawyers to show that they have achieved a certain level of excellence when representing vulnerable people who are detained under their Mental Health Law.

I was commissioned by NHS England to train Yorkshire GP’s on the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and spent 6 months working closely with Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield following adverse comments by the Care Quality Commission in relation to their staff understanding the Mental Capacity Act.


Little known fact...

I used to appear on TV and radio and one of the high spots for me was being grilled by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight over the famous Bournewood case.

Away from the office...

When not at work I love travelling and getting lost in the high mountains. If you want somewhere special in the mountains have a look at


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