Max is a Senior Solicitor in our Mental Health Department.

He is a Member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

Max advises, assists and represents patients detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983.

He specialises in representing CAMHS patients, people who have been sentenced to be detained in hospital as part of the criminal law process and people who have been diagnosed as suffering from Autism or a Learning Disability.

About Max 

Max has particular expertise in:

  • Advising, assisting and representing clients detained under all civil and forensic sections of the Mental Health Act 1983;
  • 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 Hospital Managers Meetings, First Tier-Tribunals, Upper-Tier Tribunals and Judicial Review cases.

Max advises and represents both patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, or their Nearest Relatives.

Max is also frequently appointed by the Tribunals Service to represent patients under the provisions of Rule 11 (7) (a) or (b) of the Tribunal Procedure Rules 2008


Max works closely with both MBL and Wilmington PLC in preparing and presenting courses, webinars and written legal articles to other solicitors, legal professionals and professionals within health and social care.

Max also 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.

Periodically 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 dial Mander Cruickshank on 0333 2029321. 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