Mr Neil Allen

Senior Lecturer in Law

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Barrister (Middle Temple) and Senior Lecturer 

Having read Law at Manchester University and the Inns of Court School of Law, Neil joined the University in 2003 and is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Lead of its Legal Advice Centre. With particular research interests in mental health and incapacity law, he has published in books and legal journals, teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and lectures psychiatric, social welfare, and legal professionals in mental capacity and mental health matters.

Neil was called to the Bar in 1999 and practises from 39 Essex Chambers, predominantly in the Court of Protection where he is ranked in both the Legal500 and Chambers and Partners Guide to the World's Best Lawyers. He has appeared in cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, the most recent of which is N v ACCG [2017] UKSC 22 (Supreme Court, best interests). He is an advisor to various research panels and organisations.

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Neil lectures in the Mental Health law courses and the Advocacy and the Law course.

Media Availability:

Available for media interviews in relation to mental capacity law matters.

Social responsibility

Neil's reported cases include:

External positions

Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General) - Mental health, Mental capacity, Advocacy, Liberty, Detention, Human Rights, Safeguards

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