Richards v Worcestershire County Council & anr [2016] EWHC 1954 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: January/February 2017 #166

KENNETH JOHN RICHARDS (BY HIS DEPUTY AND LITIGATION FRIEND ANNE MINIHANE)

V

1. WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

2. SOUTH WORCESTERSHIRE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP

Analysis

The claimant sustained head injuries in a traffic accident in 1984. By 2004, he had been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (the 1983 Act), and while in hospital, his responsible medical officer under s34 of the 1983 Act completed a supervision application under s25A in respect of him. This explained that after-care under supervision was necessary for the claimant. It provided for the claimant’s attendance at an outpatient clinic, and cooperation with a care plan, but did not include the details of after-care services.

Counsel details

Ms Katie Scott (39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD, tel 020 7832 1111, email clerks@39essex.com), instructed by QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day (Queen Square House, 18-21 Queen Square, Bristol BS1 4NH, tel 0117 321 1762, e-mail hello@qsbdlaw.com) for the claimant.

Mr Lee Parkhill (4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, Gray’s Inn, London, WC1R 5AH, tel 020 7404 5252, email clerks@4-5.co.uk), instructed by Worcestershire County Council Legal Services (County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP, tel 01905 763763, e-mail legalservices@worcestershire.gov.uk) for the defendants.

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