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Mr Neil Allen - personal details

Contact details

Role: 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)

Barrister (Middle Temple) & Lecturer 

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 Thirty Nine Essex Street Chambers, predominantly in the Court of Protection where he is ranked by Chambers and Partners 2014: "He is highly respected by the Official Solicitor. He has a thoughtful, analytical approach to cases and an amazing eye for detail. What he doesn't know about deprivation of liberty isn't worth knowing.”

His recent cases include Re X [2014] EWHC 25 (COP DOL); P v Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19 ("deprivation of liberty"); A LA v SY [2013] EWHC 3485 (non-marriages); P v M [2011] EWHC 2778 ("best interests"); Re MB [2010] EWHC 2508 (validity of DOLS authorisations); G v E [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 training for doctors across the North. Uniquely, the University offers to delegates FREE access to its online mental capacity law course, with complementary access to our National Research library - one of the best-resourced in the UK - with more than half a million electronic items. Forthcoming courses at the Woodlands Conference Centre, Southport Road, Chorley PR7 1QR:

  • One-day refresher courses: 15 July 2015 and 22 October 2015 - £199 per delegate (discount for group bookings)
  • Two-day induction courses: 16-17 September 2015 and 16-17 December 2015 - £399 per delegate (discount for group bookings)
  • For further details, contact (0161 306 1262)


Neil lectures in mental health and incapacity law and in the fields of corporate manslaughter and clinical legal education. He also teaches employment law and administrative law and is Bar Liaison Officer.

Media Availability:

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