Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee

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Dear The Law Society,

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines that Psychopathy is a Mental health diagnosis and a Disability?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having Capacity?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as being mentally impaired?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having a severe or enduring mental illness?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having a mental illness?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee consider an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic personality/Dissocial Personality Disorder requires neurological assessment/investigation to determine the validity of a diagnosis?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines whether a Dissocial Personality Disorder is synonymous with Psychopathy?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines an individual deemed as having a Dissocial Personality Disorder is diagnosed with a disorder or disability of the mind as per the definitions of the 2007 Mental Health Act?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines a Dissocial Personality Disorder as a mental disorder prior to the 2007 Mental Health Act?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines a Dissocial Personality Disorder diagnosis prior to the 2007 Mental Health Act would be defined/synonymous as either of the following: Psychopath, Psychopathy, or a Psychopathic Personality Disorder?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines an individual deemed a Dissocial Personality Disorder is treatable?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines whether those who utilize either the DSM or ICD manual's to make a diagnosis are required to be appropriately qualified?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability Committee determines whether those who utilize either the DSM or ICD manual's to make a diagnosis are required to be registered with an appropriate body: the British Psychological Society or Royal College of Psychiatry etc?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Clark

Information Compliance, The Law Society

Dear Mr Clark,

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

Thank you for your email of 7 September 2020 requesting information. I am
treating this as an information request under the Law Society Freedom of
Information Code of Practice ("the Code").

                                    

The Law Society is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act (the
FOIA) as it is not a designated authority, but has adopted its own
voluntary Code which can be found at:

 

[1]http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/get-in-touc...

 

We are currently dealing with your request and will aim to respond
formally by 12 October 2020 which is 20 working days from the receipt of
your request.

 

Kind regards,

Barbara D Whitehorne
Risk Officer
The Law Society,113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
t: 020 8049 3747

[2]www.lawsociety.org.uk / [3]@TheLawSociety

 

From: Kaleb <[FOI #690168 email]>
Sent: 07 September 2020 17:57
To: Information Compliance <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Law Society's Mental health and
Disability Committee

 

Dear The Law Society,

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines that Psychopathy is a Mental health diagnosis and a
Disability?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having
Capacity?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as being mentally
impaired?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having a
severe or enduring mental illness?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having a
mental illness?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee consider an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality/Dissocial Personality Disorder requires neurological
assessment/investigation to determine the validity of a diagnosis?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines whether a Dissocial Personality Disorder is
synonymous with Psychopathy?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed as having a Dissocial
Personality Disorder is diagnosed with a disorder or disability of the
mind as per the definitions of the 2007 Mental Health Act?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines a Dissocial Personality Disorder as a mental disorder
prior to the 2007 Mental Health Act?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines a Dissocial Personality Disorder diagnosis prior to
the 2007 Mental Health Act would be defined/synonymous as either of the
following: Psychopath, Psychopathy, or a Psychopathic Personality
Disorder?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Dissocial Personality Disorder
is treatable?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines whether those who utilize either the DSM or ICD
manual's to make a diagnosis are required to be appropriately qualified?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines whether those who utilize either the DSM or ICD
manual's to make a diagnosis are required to be registered with an
appropriate body: the British Psychological Society or Royal College of
Psychiatry etc?

Yours faithfully,

Mr Clark

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Bob Stanley, The Law Society

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Dear Mr Clark,

 

Freedom of Information Request – Our Ref: FOI/051

 

Further to my colleague Barbara Whitehorne’s email of 8 September 2020
please find below the response to your request under the Law Society’s
Freedom of Information Code of Practice.

 

You requested the following information:

 

“Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines that Psychopathy is a Mental health diagnosis and a
Disability?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having
Capacity?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as being mentally
impaired?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having a
severe or enduring mental illness?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality (pre 2007 Mental Health Act) would be deemed as having a
mental illness?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee consider an individual deemed a Psychopath/Psychopathic
personality/Dissocial Personality Disorder requires neurological
assessment/investigation to determine the validity of a diagnosis?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines whether a Dissocial Personality Disorder is
synonymous with Psychopathy?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed as having a Dissocial
Personality Disorder is diagnosed with a disorder or disability of the
mind as per the definitions of the 2007 Mental Health Act?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines a Dissocial Personality Disorder as a mental disorder
prior to the 2007 Mental Health Act?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines a Dissocial Personality Disorder diagnosis prior to
the 2007 Mental Health Act would be defined/synonymous as either of the
following: Psychopath, Psychopathy, or a Psychopathic Personality
Disorder?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines an individual deemed a Dissocial Personality Disorder
is treatable?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines whether those who utilize either the DSM or ICD
manual's to make a diagnosis are required to be appropriately qualified?

Can you confirm if the Law Society's Mental health and Disability
Committee determines whether those who utilize either the DSM or ICD
manual's to make a diagnosis are required to be registered with an
appropriate body: the British Psychological Society or Royal College of
Psychiatry etc?”

 

It is important to note that the Mental Health and Disability Law
Committee (MHDLC) does not make actual determinations in relation to
specific questions of individuals’ mental health status. The MHDLC helps
the Law Society shape our work to influence policy in this area.

 

More information on the work of the committee can be found by following
this link [1]Mental Health Disability Law Committee

 

I hope this information is of use. If you are dissatisfied with this
response, paragraphs 23 to 25 of the attached Code set out some
information on the options available to you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Bob Stanley

Information Compliance Manager

Risk and Assurance Team

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

020 8049 3758

[2]www.lawsociety.org.uk

 

 

 

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Dear Bob Stanley,

NO this information is not useful, this request had zero to do with personal information, you are requested to address the matter and answer questions.

I am not required to email somebody when the FOIA doesn't require me to do this, you have been contacted on a public platform, you have been asked questions that affect the public, you hold this information, to act this way is very concerning.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Clark

Bob Stanley, The Law Society

Dear Mr Clark

 

I am responding to your email of 22 September 2020, which was sent as a
response to my email to you of the same date under the Society’s Freedom
of Information Code. 

 

I am sorry that you found the information in my email not to be helpful. I
am sending this further response to provide some more context for my
response to you under the Society’s Code.

 

The Law Society is the professional membership body for solicitors. We
work to represent, promote and support the solicitors’ profession. While
some of our activities include providing views on behalf of the profession
on law reform and policy initiatives, we do not make law or set government
policy. Our specialist policy committees, of which the Mental Health and
Disability Law Committee is one, provide input to Society staff and its
governing Council to help shape the Society’s views on law reform and
policy work. We use this input in our campaigns and consultation responses
to lobby government and stakeholders, and to issue guidance to the
profession on points of practice as a solicitor. 

 

As we are a membership organisation, not a public body, we are not subject
to the Freedom of Information Act. We operate a voluntary Freedom of
Information Code, which is available on our website, under which we
provide information, where possible, in response to requests from the
public in relation to our work and activities. Your request was considered
under this Code. 

 

Your request comprised a number of questions about the work of the
Society’s Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, and in particular
about whether that Committee makes determinations on certain mental health
questions. Your questions appear to include questions about both mental
health classification/categorisation and questions of law.  As I hope I
have set out above, this is not what the Society’s specialist policy
committees do.  As such, the answer to each of your questions in turn is
‘Such determinations are not the function of that Committee, and as such
we do not hold that information’. 

 

I am sorry not to be able to provide you with information to answer your
questions.  I hope the above has clarified my earlier response. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Bob Stanley

Information Compliance Manager

Risk and Assurance Team

The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

020 8049 3758

[1]www.lawsociety.org.uk

 

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