Legal Cases & Acts

  • Offences Against the Person Act 1861
    Law relating to crime of assault (battery is a crime under common law)
  • Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984
    Mental Health Act 1983/2007

    Law relating to circumstances where a person can be treated without their consent (for serious mental health problems or transmissible diseases that are a public health risk)
  • Sidaway vs Bethlem Royal Hospital Governors 1985
    Bolam vs Friern Barnet Management Committee 1957

    Law relating to duty to properly inform about a treatment, and how to establish whether this duty was properly fulfilled
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
    Law relating to how to decide whether a patient lacks capacity and how decisions are made if they do
  • Family Law Reform Act 1969
    Gillick vs West Norfolk and Wisbech AHA and the DHSS (1985)
    Law relating to when children (aged 16/17 and under 16 respectively) have the right to give consent themselves