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Helen Curtis

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Helen Curtis
"She's very responsive and experienced in the crossover between mental capacity and mental health law."

Chambers UK, 2019

"Brings to the table a common sense approach to cases."

Legal 500, 2019


Helen’s legal practice concentrates on areas where the liberty of the subject is at stake, particularly in areas of mental health, prisoners and the Court of Protection. She appears before Tribunals, Parole Boards and courts through to the Court of Appeal. Helen’s mental health work covers patients detained under ss 2 and 3 as well as restricted patients, whether being transferred between hospital and prison or seeking discharge and the displacement of Nearest Relatives. In the Court of Protection Helen is instructed in respect of property and affairs, health and welfare and deprivation of liberty matters.

Helen is an accredited mediator and restorative justice facilitator whose mediation skills are incorporated into her legal practice. Her calm, compassionate manner makes her an engaging, effective mediator and advocate. This is particularly appreciated when dealing with vulnerable clients and sensitive issues which frequently arise in her practice.

Firmly living in London, Helen retains strong links with the north west of England and unusually supports more than one football team.


Recent Cases

TW v London Borough of Enfield [2014] EWCA Civ 362

Helen appeared on behalf of the Appellant who challenged the High Court’s refusal of s.139(2) leave to bring civil proceedings. The Court of Appeal granted leave and considered what is practicable for an AMHP to comply with the s.11(4) duty to consult the patient’s Nearest Relative.

Health Service Executive of Ireland v PA and others [2015] EWCOP 38; [2015] WLR (D) 243

Helen appeared on behalf of PA in a case concerning Schedule 3 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Another -v- The Hospital Managers of St George’s Hospital and AU [2016] EWHC 1196 (Admin)

Helen appeared on behalf of the patient AU who sought to resist the Trust’s review of the Hospital Manager’s discharge decision.



Family Mediation: For Better or Worse – co-author with Kate Aubrey-Johnson, LAG, April 2011

Making Mediation work for you – Kate Aubrey-Johnson with Helen Curtis, LAG, June 2012

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