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Sally Ireland

Community Care Barrister

‘‘I am an in-house barrister and human rights specialist for the Community Care Law team. I advise and represent service users, carers, family members, Attorneys and Professional Deputies in a wide range of community care matters.’’


I have particular expertise in:

• Paying for care rules
• Aftercare under the Mental Health Act 1983
• NHS Continuing Healthcare and Children’s Continuing Care
Court of Protection matters
• Professional Deputies audits
Mental Capacity
• Safeguarding
Deprivation of Liberty


I represent carers, family members, service users and Professional Deputies who require help and advice in various issues surrounding Community Care Law. I also advise and represent Professional Deputies in Education Law matters.


I graduated in 2001 from the University of Cambridge with a 2:1 in Law, completed my Bar Vocational Course in 2002 and finished pupillage in chambers in 2003 to become a fully qualified barrister. I have a Masters’ degree (LLM) in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Other experience

In 2017, I joined Martin Searle Solicitors having previously practised from Garden Court Chambers, where my practice included community care, housing and public law/judicial review.

I have a lot of experience in analysing policies and legislation for human rights compliance, having worked as a human rights adviser for the Children’s Commissioner for England and the legal charity JUSTICE.

I am an experienced public speaker and writer on legal topics. I have a particular interest in the Deprivation of Liberty.

I have a life too

I am active in the voluntary sector and also enjoy running, playing the piano and spending time with my friends and family.

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