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Michael Dooley


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Expertise and experience

Michael is a solicitor specialising in the Mental Capacity Act in relation to deprivation of liberty and welfare matters and the responsibilities of local authorities under Part 1 Care Act 2014.

Michael has expertise in cases involving:

  • Mental capacity and best interests decision-making in community care and housing
  • Deprivations of liberty in care homes, supported living and healthcare settings
  • Effective and least restrictive discharges from mental health care settings
  • Transitional care planning for younger adults

Initially a schoolteacher, since 2009 Michael has worked as a senior solicitor/ advocate for local authorities in the southwest and understands how local authorities make their decisions.

Michael led a local authority response to Law Commission consultation on the Care Act and co-ordinated corporate response to the Law Commission consultation on the Liberty Protection Standards. 

Worked as a schoolteacher
Awarded PhD in English Literature from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
Qualified as a solicitor
Awarded Higher Rights (Civil)
2018 - 2024
Team Leader/Service Manager – contentious legal - Wiltshire Council
Joined Miles & Partners

Approach and ethos

I am focused on finding solutions to problems affecting vulnerable people.  I work well in situations where there has been a breakdown in trust and promote calm and confidence in my clients.

My experience as a local authority solicitor gives me insight into how local authorities work and make decisions. My analytical approach and research background enable me to synthesise information quickly and present it clearly.

I use my legal knowledge and advocacy skills to empower vulnerable individuals and promote independence and autonomy. My advice starts where people are now and explores workable resolutions.