Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards ensure that the care restricting a person’s liberty is appropriate and in their best interests. At St Pauls Chambers we are highly experienced in this specialised area of law.

What are Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Barristers?

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) are included in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. They pertain to a person’s liberty in cases where they may not be able to make choices in their own best interests, such as in the case of mental illness or in full-time care. DOLS ensure that the care that restricts the person’s liberty is appropriate and in the person’s best interests.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards at St Pauls Chambers

The DOLS team is led by Simon Bickler KC, who has a breadth of experienced counsel from junior call to senior juniors and those in silk.

Our members are experienced in the preparation and making of Section 21A applications challenging authorisations of deprivation of liberty in a care home or hospital under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS). Our barristers can advise at the pre-action stage and accept instructions on behalf of all relevant interested parties. Our team has been instructed by the Official Solicitor as well as Local Authorities and those with a familial interest.

Counsel can assist with all aspects of these highly specialist areas of law. From advising at the pre-action stage, whether it is offering opinions, drafting pleading or, once proceedings are under way at the hearings themselves, or by offering high quality advocacy and expert negotiation services, our members are uniquely placed to assist.

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us via email or by phone.

“The clerking team is responsive, extremely approachable and knowledgeable”

The Legal 500

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Barristers

Simon Bickler KC

Simon Bickler KC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2011

Andrew Nixon

Andrew Nixon

Call: 2006

Helen Chapman

Helen Chapman

Call: 2006

Sophie Mitchell

Sophie Mitchell

Call: 2010

Hannah Lynch

Hannah Lynch

Call: 2011

Contact Us

Chambers is centrally located within walking distance of the train station, secure car parks and the Courts.

Contact Us

St Pauls Chambers
Park Row House
19-20 Park Row
Leeds
LS1 5JF

For out of hours assistance please call the senior clerk on 07854170429.

The switchboard will open from 08:30 until 17:30

Phone: +44 (0)1132 455 866
Email: [email protected]
CJSM: [email protected]

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