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The provision of health and social care is a 24 hour business. Clinicians and organisations have a legal and ethical responsibility to service users and patients under their care, whether they are in the operating theatre or confused and refusing treatment. We are committed to being available whenever our clients need us.

We provide our clients with a 24 hour helpline for access to specialist advice whenever problems arise out of hours, 365 days a year.

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  • Out of hours advice - covering complex consent issues, patients refusing medical treatment or surgery, child protection issues to confidentiality (for example police requests for medical records), mental health queries or an urgent response to a serious health and safety, regulatory or potentially criminal incident.

  • Expert lawyers, whenever you need them -  our on-call team includes experts in mental capacity, mental health and making urgent medical treatment applications to Court, as well as specialists in health and safety at work and lawyers with a background in criminal / regulatory work.  

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Legal updates

Deprivation of Liberty update – for children, in the family home but not in Intensive Care

Three of the thorniest issues in deprivation of liberty cases have been dealt with in three separate important judgments including, for the first time, a Court decision on DoL in Intensive Care

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Legal updates

Browne Jacobson response to Law Commission

Consultation response to the Law Commission on proposals for the reform of the law on deprivation of liberty

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Legal updates

The Law Commission proposals for DoL

The issue of deprivation of liberty (“DOL”) has risked bringing the law into disrepute over the last few years, as a result of its complexity, ambiguity and, some would say (post Cheshire West), impracticality.

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Legal updates

The latest twist in Court of Protection and Deprivation of Liberty cases

If you thought that the situation with getting court approval for deprivation of liberty in the community couldn’t get any worse, there is bad news, as another twist takes us further down the rabbit hole. A judge has now described this as “the most serious situation facing a court in recent legal history”.

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