Has someone you know
been deprived of their liberty?


If you believe someone who lacks the capacity to make decisions has been deprived of their liberty without due legal process, an expert from our Mental Health & Capacity team can help you to take the appropriate route to appeal depending on their circumstances:


Detention under the Mental Health Act

Adults detained under the Mental Health Act can appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal.

Detention in a hospital or care home

Adults placed in a care home or hospital from which they are not able to leave are protected by Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS). Challenges to the use of DOLS are heard by the Court of Protection.

Other Detention

If a person without capacity is living in their own home in circumstances that deprive them of their liberty, it may be necessary to apply to the Court of Protection for an order to protect their rights.

Contact us for advice that’s easy to understand and for an expert who can represent you or the person you care for with compassion and sensitivity.