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deprivation of liberty


Since the Supreme Court judgment in Cheshire West in March 2014, deprivation of liberty has been one of the most challenging issues for providers and commissioners of health and social care.

Working across health and social care, and for NHS bodies, local authorities and independent health, we specialise in Court of Protection work which involves the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and deprivation of liberty in a community setting. We are regarded as the country’s leading practice on deprivation of liberty.

Our expertise runs from reviewing policies and procedures, dealing with individual cases / disputes in the Court of Protection, and with the potential liabilities / compensation claims arising.

We are recognised as a leading national provider of training on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty, including the statutory Best Interests Assessor refresher training, as well as providing case studies and other resources in person, and online.

We manage and limit your liabilities for unlawful deprivation of liberty, and to ensure that authorisation is obtained, quickly and cost effectively for care packages in the community through our fixed fee process for Court of Protection applications.

what we do...

  • Our expertise - from review of policies and procedures, to dealing with individual cases / disputes in the Court of Protection, and with the potential liabilities / compensation claims arising.

  • Leading national provider of training - on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty, including the statutory Best Interests Assessor refresher training, as well as providing case studies and other resources in person, and online.

  • Guidance and support - through our regional forums for MCA / DOL leads in our offices around the country and delivery of regular case law update webinars, free of charge, viewed by thousands of health and social care professionals.

  • Strategic advisors - working with the Law Commission on development of their proposals for reform or the law.

  • NHS Resolution panel members - we work with NHS Resolution and insurers across health and social care on a strategic response to claims for unlawful deprivation of liberty.

  • Fixed fee products - we offer a fixed fee MCA / DOL audit of policies, implementation and training across all health and social care organisations in a geographical area to ensure consistency. We also provide a fixed fee process for Court of Protection applications.

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Legal updates

Hertfordshire County Council v AB [2018] EWHC 3103 (Fam)

This case considered whether the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction can be used to authorise a deprivation of liberty of a patient with capacity who is subject to a conditional discharge under the Mental Health Act 1983.

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Legal updates

Welsh Ministers v PJ [2018] UKSC 66

This Supreme Court case considered the interplay between Community Treatment Orders under the Mental Health Act 1983 and deprivation of liberty.

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Hear from Rebecca Fitzpatrick on the Supreme Court decision on the case of MM

With the Supreme Court announcing their decision on the case of MM, Rebecca highlights how neither the mental health Tribunal nor the Secretary of State for Justice have the power to give a patient a conditional discharge under the Mental Health Act where those conditions amount to a deprivation of liberty.

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Legal updates

Conditional discharge under the MHA and deprivation of liberty

On 28 November 2018 the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in relation to MM (Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent) v MM (Appellant) [2018] UKSC 60).

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