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Doughty Street Chambers

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Ulele Burnham’s practice spans the law relating to mental capacity and mental health, equality and human rights law.

She is a member and former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Discrimination Law Association (Chair 2004-2006), a member of the Advisory Board of the AHRC Research Centre for Law Gender and Sexuality and was for 5 years (2002-2006) an occasional tutor in Labour Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is regularly invited to provide specialist training in respect of both equality and human rights law and mental capacity/mental health law. She has for the past four years delivered training on the Equality Act 2010 at the annual Justice/Sweet & Maxwell Human Rights Law Conference and has done a raft of training sessions on a variety of aspects of Court of Protection practice for local authorities and solicitors in private practice. Prior to coming to the bar she was a part-time lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.


Year of Call: 1997; Inner Temple.

Part-time lectureships in introduction to labour Law at the London School of Economics (2001-06) and in politics at Queen Mary and Westfield College (1995). Publications of note: chapter on the Public Sector Equality Duty and the Socio Economic Duty in the ‘Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act 2010’ (2010); co-author of ‘Butterworths New Law Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005’ and was responsible for writing the chapters on the new deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) regime and the complex interaction of the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983.


Discrimination Law Association (chair).


Bishops High School and Queens College, Georgetown, Guyana; University of Sussex (BA, international relations; Dip, law, commendation); University of Cambridge (Mphil, international relations).


Squash, cycling, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ulele Burnham  – Doughty Street Chambers ‘Ulele is standout counsel in the Court of Protection. She is considered to be one of the ‘original’ practitioners within this area and her gravitas is obvious in all instructions. She is trusted by practitioners and judges alike to lead the case to the right outcome.’