Readers who work within the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) jurisdiction under the Mental Capacity Act will be aware of the significant judgment handed down from the Court of Appeal last year of Cheshire West and Chester Council v P and the Mills & Reeve briefing on the case.

The Official Solicitor has been given permission to appeal against the decision, to the Supreme Court. We understand that arguments will include a challenge to the decision that P was not deprived of his liberty and that clarification will also be sought in relation to how those who are working on the front line of this area can be assisted by the Court in relation to how to apply the DOLS framework.

It is not clear when the court hearing will take place but we will keep readers updated.