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Bridget Dolan QC

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Serjeants' Inn Chambers (Chambers of Angus Moon QC and John Beggs QC)


Having been a forensic and academic psychologist for 13 years before her call to the Bar in 1997, it is unsurprising that Bridget’s practice has a strong focus on matters involving psychological issues. She specialises in all aspects of law in relation to mental health (whether representing professionals or service users and their families) and so is regularly found representing parties in the Court of Protection, the Admin Court and in Mental Health Tribunals. She is often instructed by the Official Solicitor in serious medical treatment cases, involving particularly difficult end of life decision-making. The other core aspect of Bridget’s practice is coronial law. She represents families, public bodies and other interested persons at inquests as well as acting in public law challenges to Coroner’s decisions in the High Court. Bridget draws upon her wide experience from both sides of the bench, as she sits as Assistant Deputy Coroner in West Sussex. Alongside acting for IPs in high media profile ‘Article 2’ cases, Coroners often instruct Bridget as counsel to the inquest, most recently the In Amenas Inquests into the killings of Britons in Algeria by terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda (2014-15) and currently in the fresh inquest into the death at Deepcut Barracks of Pvt Cheryl James (2015-16).


Research psychologist, Eating Disorders Clinic, St George’s Medical School 1984-1987; lecturer in forensic psychology, St George’s Medical School 1988-1997; chartered psychologist 1989; chartered forensic psychologist 1995-97; pupillage, 3 Serjeants’ Inn 1997; president, Mental Health Review Tribunal(part-time) 2007; tribunal judge (part-time) First Tier Tribunal (Health Education and Social Chamber) 2008; assistant deputy coroner for West Sussex 2010.


BSc (Hons) Psychology 1st Class (1984); PhD Psychology (1989); CPE (Commendation) (1996).

London Bar

Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe is sharp, concise and gets to the point quickly.

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersA fearsome advocate who is available at any hour of the day or night.

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Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Bridget Dolan QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery knowledgeable on the practical side of inquests and knows how coroners think.

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