Deprivation of Liberty Solicitors

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 contains Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) so that where a person lacking capacity is deprived of their liberty in a care home or hospital, the Local Authority or Primary Care Trust may authorise the Deprivation of Liberty (DoL).

Deprivation of Liberty in these circumstances does not just cover the situation in which a person is actually ‘locked up’ but also those where there is such a degree of control over the person’s care and movements that this amounts to a DoL.

Applications can be made to the Court of Protection about whether the DoL is lawful. The court then can vary or terminate the arrangements for the protected party.

Our Deprivation of Liberty expertise

Our Court of Protection solicitors advise on challenging DoLS authorisations. We represent clients and/or their relatives at court in these applications made by local authorities.

Our solicitors work with clients across the UK from our offices in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, in Bedminster, Bishopston, Bristol city centre, Kingswood and Thornbury.

Court of Protection Partner, Tom Sharkey, is on the Law Society’s Mental Capacity Panel and represents the subject of these applications when the court appoints him to do so.

Contact our Deprivation of Liberty solicitors

For help and advice about Deprivation of Liberty, or any Court of Protection matter, contact our specialist solicitors in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.


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