Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Menu Search the University of Manchester siteSearch
Search type

Alternatively, use our A–Z index

Mr Neil Allen - personal details

Contact details

Role: Senior Lecturer in Clinical Legal Education

Tel: 0161 275-4480

Location: Williamson Building-4.27
School of Law
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




LL.B (Hons.) (Manchester, 1998)

Senior Lecturer and Barrister 

Having read Law at Manchester University and the Inns of Court School of Law, Neil joined the University in 2003 and is a Lecturer and the Deputy Director 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. Since 2014 he has been ranked by Chambers & Partners Guide to the World's Best Lawyers as a leading Barrister in his field. His cases include

  • Re MN (pending before Supreme Court, best interests);
  • Mrs P v Rochdale BC [2016] EWCOP B1 (detention and deputyship);
  • North Yorkshire CC v MAG [2016] EWCOP 5 (conditions of detention); 
  • Re X [2014] EWHC 25 (COP detention procedure);
  • P v Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19 ("deprivation of liberty");
  • A LA v SY [2013] EWHC 3485 (non-marriages);
  • GA v Betsi Cadwaladr University LHB [2013] UKUT 280 (consent and CTOs); 
  • P v M [2011] EWHC 2778 ("best interests");
  • Re MB [2010] EWHC 2508 (validity of DOLS authorisations);
  • G v E, Manchester CC and F [2010] EWHC 2512 (deputyship), [2010] EWHC 2042 (media), [2010] EWCA Civ 822 (Winterwerp), [2010] EWHC 621 (Articles 5, 8). 

Neil also adjudicates fitness to practise hearings, is trustee of the mental health charity, Making Space, and is an advisor to various research panels and organisations.

Additional Information

Continuing Professional Development:

Neil co-ordinates the University's Mental Health Act 1983 section 12 and approved clinician training for doctors across the North. For further details, contact (0161 306 1262).


Neil lectures in mental health and incapacity law and the art of advocacy. 

Media Availability:

Available for media interviews in relation to mental health and incapacity law matters.