I am head of Mental Health at David Gray Solicitors LLP with 25 years experience of representing clients detained in hospital, or living in the community but subject to the Mental Health Act . I am also a partner at David Gray Solicitors LLP and have been at the firm for over 30 years.
I am listed as one of only three Mental Health Star Individuals in the National independent Chambers listings and was described as “one of the leading practitioners in (my) field”.
In 2013, I was Newcastle Law Society Lawyer of the Year.
In 2012 I won the national award of Mental Health Lawyer of the Year. I have experience in all areas of mental health law with a particular interest in forensic cases – that is, involving the criminal justice system and the Mental Health Act.
I have experience representing adolescents, adults, elderly people and ‘nearest relatives’.
I attend mental health tribunal hearings. hospital managers hearings and care programme approach (CPA) reviews. I represent clients at hearings that include:
- Contesting detention
- Community Treatment Orders
- Conditional/Absolute Discharge, and
I travel throughout the North East and Cumbria to represent my clients in hospital, care homes and, if appropriate, in their own homes in the community.
I provide an understanding and empathetic approach to helping clients with their mental health needs, whether in hospital or in the community. I have a client centered approach and take clients points of view very seriously at a time that can be very distressing and frightening.
I am committed to providing a quality service in this demanding area of law where clients are in a highly vulnerable situation.
I studied law at the University of Kent at Canterbury, qualifying as a solicitor in 1989. I completed a Master’s Degree in Law at Northumbria University in 1993.
Head of David Gray Solicitors’ mental health team Mike Bishop is widely recognised as one of the leading practitioners in this field. He is committed to representing hospital-detained patients and other individuals, including nearest relatives, in complex tribunals and reviews. One source notes:
“There is a lot of understanding there. Mike knows the best way forward and always tries to be honest about the situation to the client. He is realistic and understands the system so doesn’t set the clients up for failure. He has a very good manner and always rises to the occasion.”