Mental Health Advocates and Legal Privilege

I do not frequent the criminal courts very often and I frequent the criminal law even less often, but I was struck by a legal oddity when the police arrested Ms Jackie Powell, a mental health advocate on suspicion of preventing the burial of a body without lawful excuse. Ms Powell is the mental health advocate for a notorious serial killer of children, Ian Brady, but her role is not a role does not attract legal privilege, so anything that her “client” tells her is not protected, or so it is thought by the state of the law at present.

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