Bridget Dolan KC KC > Chambers of Angus Moon KC and Michael Horne KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Angus Moon KC and Michael Horne KC
Serjeants' Inn Chambers
85 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 1AE
England

Position

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).

Career

Call 1997; Silk 2016.

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.

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Bridget Dolan KCSerjeants’ Inn ChambersBridget is a hugely well-informed Inquest lawyer, who also possesses an incredible intellect and amazing analytical skills.  Her background in psychology gives her a massive insight into mental health issues and the workings of the mental health system. She is also a very effective advocate.

With enviable expertise in inquests and inquiries, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers‘ members consistently represent interested persons in substantial and high-profile cases. In addition to an extensive practice involving lengthy Article 2 inquests, Bridget Dolan KC‘s recent track record includes being appointed as Inquest counsel in several major inquests and inquiries, including the inquests into the eleven deaths in the Shoreham Airshow crash, and the inquest into the death of Adam Stone while he was being restrained by West Midlands Police; while Gerard Boyle KC is currently retained by the National Police Chiefs Council as lead counsel in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. At senior-junior level, Briony Ballard is a coronial law specialist, who acts for coroners in judicial review proceedings (along with sitting as an Assistant Coroner), while Sarah Simcock routinely acts in public inquiries and sensitive inquests.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Bridget Dolan KCSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Bridget is simply brilliant. She identifies the central issue of the case very quickly and provide a reasoned and technical analysis of the problem, along with a range of possible solutions to work through with the client. Her knowledge of the relevant case law and legislation is encyclopaedic, and her advocacy is clear, elegant and highly persuasive.’

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘the leading set in relation to complex cases in the Court of Protection involving serious medical treatment’ and has ‘an excellent clerking team’. Recently, Bridget Dolan KC was instructed by the Official Solicitor in Sandwell and Birmingham Hospital v TW, on behalf of an individual who suffered a catastrophic stroke with no chances of any meaningful recovery. Rhys Hadden is ‘one of the best juniors who is always incredibly well prepared, strong on his feet and is a skilled negotiator’. Sophia Roper KC became silk in March 2022.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Bridget Dolan KCSerjeants’ Inn Chambers