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Mental Health

If you or a family member is to be interviewed by the police in relation to any criminal offence and suffers from mental health problems it is essential that they have the benefit of legal advice at a very early stage. We have highly qualified and experienced lawyers who will attend the police station with you and advise you how to deal with the police interview and support you through the interview. If you have a mental health issue you should be given the benefit of an appropriate adult whilst at the police station. Our representatives will ensure that the police follow the correct procedure in relation to your welfare whilst at the police station. If necessary they will make representations to the police as to alternatives to prosecution. It is open to the police to consider diversion to the mental health services as an alternative to a prosecution but the correct representations need to be made at the appropriate time to secure this outcome.

Legal Aid

If you or a family member is due to appear before a Court in relation to a criminal matter and has a history of mental health problems they also need to have the benefit of legal advice at a very early stage. There are very real issues that need to be considered before progress can be made. It may be that the issue of your fitness to plead has to be considered and it may be necessary to instruct an expert psychiatrist to assist with your defence. We have access to a team of professionals from the mental health field that are able to provide the reports that will be used to secure the best possible outcome given the circumstances of your case.


  • "First class professional service. I would recommend you and would like to thank Kirsten Collings for her excellent job of representing me."

  • I would just like to say thank you for everything you have done i know its your job but the way you treated me I can't thank you enough. To you and everyone at Bakers I would just like to say thank you.

  • "Just like to thank all who worked on my case and Ian for instructing excellent counsel"

  • "All the staff at Bakers Solicitors are kind, courteous, proficient and knowledgeable. I wouldn’t think twice of having them represent me or my family or friends"

  • "If anyone I know needs a solicitor – I would most definitely recommend Bakers"

  • "I had been told I had little chance of winning my case but David had his own views on this. It was a long case but we won...David knows his stuff and is dedicated to his case and clients"

  • "Bakers fought my corner all the way. He put me at ease throughout the Police investigation and made me feel like I was not alone."

  • "Kirsten has always given me her all. Thank you!!!"

  • "I worried about sharing my issues with anyone but found it easy to talk to and listen to anyone and everyone who helped"

  • "Tony Dales was really impressive. I never felt like I was dealing with you for the first time. My case was dealt with proper care and passion. I would definitely recommend Bakers Solicitors as I was very impressed"

  • "On behalf of the FCA's.. I would like to say how impressed they are with you..the calmness which you bring to the case and also how informed you are on particularly complicated issues from a legal perspective"

  • "It's all thanks to David. I never thought I'd see the day I had my little girl living with me again and I owe my now happy life to him"

  • I couldn't have possibly have had a better lawyer than yourself to help me through such an agonising process. You have made the whole experience more palletable.

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