India Jefferson-Grant

Mental Health & Capacity Department – Associate Charted Legal Executive, Head of Mental Health

India is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer specialising in Mental Health Law. India set up the Mental Health Department within Biscoes in 2018 and is the Head of Mental Health. She is also one of the firm’s Legal Aid Supervisors.

India is also a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme which means that she has been independently examined and accepted by the Law Society as an expert in Mental Health Law and is thus able to represent individuals detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended) (MHA 1983) before the First-Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber).

India has a wealth of experience in assisting, advising and representing individuals detained under the MHA 1983 and is dedicated to her clients and putting their rights at the heart of their cases. India takes an individualistic approach to all of her cases and is a passionate advocate for her clients.

India was awarded ‘Runner Up’ for Junior Lawyer of the Year 2019 at the Hampshire Law Society Legal Awards 2019. She also achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ Award in the category of Young Lawyer of the Year at the LawNet Awards 2019/20.

India can advise on:

Hospital Managers Hearings

representation of individuals detained under MHA 1983 in Hospital Manager Hearings, whether a requested hearing or renewal hearing

Tribunal Hearings

representation of individuals detained under MHA 1983 in Mental Health Tribunal Hearings before the First-Tier Tribunal

Care and Treatment Reviews (CTR)

advocating for patients with Autism and/or Learning Disability cases in CTRs

Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings

advocating for patients within CPA meetings

Section 117 aftercare meetings

advocating for patients within Section 117 aftercare meetings and challenging any issues relating to aftercare/funding

Legality of admission to hospital

including review of Section Papers to ensure legality of detention/admission

Consent to treatment provisions

including advice in relation to the legality of treatment provided to patients detained under MHA 1983

Relative rights and powers

including advising relatives of individuals detained under MHA 1983 of the process, procedures and their rights and powers, particularly in relation to Nearest Relatives of patients

Did you know:

Before India became a Lawyer, she worked as an ‘Extra’ in various films and TV series. She even met Pierce Brosnan once!

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