Max is a Senior Solicitor in our Mental Capacity Department. He is also a Member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

He advises, assists and represents people who have been assessed as lacking the capacity to make some decisions for themselves and who disagree with the decisions which have been made for them. He specialises in assisting those who have been detained under the provisions of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards within the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to challenge their detention before the Court of Protection.

Max also represents people detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983. He has considerable experience in representing CAMHS patients, patients who have been diagnosed as suffering from Autism or a Learning Disability and detained in hospital, as well as people who have been sentenced to be detained in hospital as part of the criminal law process.

He has particular expertise in:

  • Explaining complex legal matters in plain English to young people and people with learning disabilities;
  • Helping those who lack the capacity to make decisions about their treatment and representing their interests at Best Interests Meetings;
  • Conducting proceedings before the Court of Protection;
  • Conducting Hospital Managers Meetings, First Tier-Tribunals, Upper-Tier Tribunals and Judicial Review cases.
  • Advising, assisting and representing clients detained under all civil and forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 1983;

Other professional interests:

Max is a Subject Matter Expert in both mental capacity and mental health law and is often retained by Bond Solon Training to provide specialist training courses to health and social care professionals. He is a Tutor within the School of Health and Social Care at Teesside University and regularly delivers professional training to prospective Best Interest Assessors.

He also works closely with MBL Seminars in preparing and presenting courses, webinars and has written legal articles for other solicitors and legal professionals.

Additionally, Max performs consultancy work with DG Legal, assisting Mental Health departments within other firms in the implementation of procedures and best practice so as to ensure compliance with their professional obligations.

Max has been consulted by, appeared on, or asked to write and collaborate in articles for several media outlets including the BBC, Channel 4, The Times, The Independent, The Nottingham Evening Post, Leicester Mercury, Radio 5, Radio 5 Live, Trent FM and Hermitage FM.


Max has previously worked as a partner in a high street practice and both as a consultant and senior solicitor for a Legal 500 firm. He joined Mander Cruickshank Solicitors in August 2014.

Professional Accreditations and Memberships

  • Accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme
  • A member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association

If you wish to contact Mr Duddles please call Mander Cruickshank on 01530 510666 (main switchboard), or 0333 2029321 (Mental Health and Mental Capacity Department Direct Dial), or alternatively, you are welcome to call him directly on 07808 803859.

Mr Duddles can also be contacted at or at his secure email address at