A Guide to Mental Health Peer Review

On 15 September 2020 we held a free 60 minutes webinar to assist firms in understanding the Legal Aid Agency’s approach to Peer Review in the Mental Health category. This webinar provides an invaluable insight into the way that Peer Reviewers conduct the audit. 

Key Content

  • Why and how the Peer Review system was brought in by the LSC
  • An overview of the Peer Review process
  • What Peer Reviewers look for
  • Examples of good & poor practice
  • The importance of using high quality template attendance notes & letters
  • Questions & Answers

Resources

We are pleased to share the A Guide to Mental Health Peer Review Webinar Slides and FAQs with you.

Recorded Webinar

Please see a recording of the webinar below:

Speakers

Avrom Sher

Professor Avrom Sherr, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Avrom Sherr is the principal architect of a system of assessment of legal competence known as Independent Peer Review. Since 2002 this has been used as the system for assessment of the quality of publicly funded work in the UK, ensuring the quality of legal services received by the public, and he leads the operation of this work. He is currently Chair of the Hamlyn Trust and the Advice Quality Standards Project Committee. Recent work includes advising Georgia Legal Aid and the Chinese Ministry of Justice in relation to Legal Aid and the maintenance of quality in legal work; ethical research for Save The Children and safeguarding for the UKRI GCRF Accelerate Hub.

Tam Gill, Principal Solicitor, Gledhill Gill Solicitors

Tam Gill is Principal Solicitor at Gledhill Gill Solicitors in Brighton and is a mental health law solicitor, with a particular focus on forensic mental health law and practice. Tam is ranked in Chambers 2019 as a Band 1 lawyer for Healthcare: Mental Health.  As well as representing clients, Tam also holds positions of Law Society Mental Health Panel assessor, Peer Reviewer and Independent Costs Assessor for the LAA. She has previously sat as an Associate Hospital Manager. Tam regularly delivers training in mental health law and practice to mental health practitioners including lawyers, psychiatrists and nursing staff and is a visiting lecturer at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and Wessex Deanery.

Max Duddles, Consultant & Head of Department, Mander Cruickshank Solicitors

Max is a Consultant and Head of Department at Mander Cruickshank Solicitors, where he manages their Hinckley branch office and runs their mental health law department, which he also set-up.  A specialist in the process and procedures surrounding mental health and mental capacity legislation, Max is also regularly asked to deliver training to legal professionals, as well as professionals in the health and social care sector. He is also periodically asked to appear on specialist medical and social care podcasts, write for various journals and websites and has collaborated in articles for several media outlets including the BBC, Channel 4, The Times, The Independent, The Nottingham Evening Post, The Leicester Mercury, Radio 5, Radio 5 Live, Trent FM and Hermitage FM.

David Gilmore, Director, DG Legal

David founded DG Legal in 2000. He has provided advice and assistance to hundreds of law firms and other legal organisations.  He delivers specialist consultancy and training on a wide range of topics including business management & strategy, tendering, compliance and quality assurance. In 2016 David was appointed as a Commissioner advising Lord Bach on policy relating to Justice and Legal Aid.

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