Glasgow based solicitors specialising in incapacity and disability law

Please note currently at this uncertain time due to covid 19 we can still progress cases and take on new cases.  Our firm already works flexibly and remotely and have the necessary processes in place.  We can access legal aid given the new policy recently issued by the Legal aid Board and we can take instructions and give advice via whats app video, FaceTime and Skype.  We also undertake video conferencing.  Please contact us if we can help.





Our Services


Guardianship Applications

We undertake all types of legal advice and assistance and representation under the Adults with incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and related issues.  Whether for a family member or anyone else we will assist you through the process of Guardianship with a focus on the needs of the adult involved

Expert Reports

We undertake all court reports required to accompany Guardianship applications

Safeguarder Work

We act as Court appointed Safeguarders under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

Adults with Incapacity Work

We advise and undertake legal work in disability and all aspects of incapacity law.

Training and Education

We can provide education and training
under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003 and the Adults with
Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.

Solicitor Advocate Opinions

Our partner Karen Kirk is a Solicitor Advocate and is
qualified to provide legal opinion on all aspects of Mental Health and Incapacity Law

Power of Attorney

We are able to prepare Powers of Attorney to allow you to make decisions and plan for the future.  We specialise in Powers of Attorney for those who have a diagnosis which will affect their ability to make future decisions.
More Details

KirkHanlon : Who We Are

We are a specialist legal firm providing incapacity law advice and representation in Scotland.
The firm was founded by two experienced solicitors who have practised in the fields of mental health, human rights, litigation and incapacity law exclusively. Between them they have over 36 years experience and are recognised specialists in their field.

We aim to provide a bespoke, specialised and person centred approach to all of our clients.

  • Family friendly, Flexible & Approachable Law Firm

  • Specialist Solicitors

  • Person Centred Approach

Our Core Values



We aim to ensure because of our experience to provide quality services ensuring you seek the remedy and advice you need for your family.



Our solicitors have worked in the not for profit sector for many years providing specialised help to those experiencing mental health issues or disability. We are committed to helping others.  We strive to provide a qualitative service with our client’s at the forefront of everything we do.



Our solicitors are recognised in the mental health, disability and incapacity field.  They sit on a number of tribunals in Scotland including the Mental Health Tribunal, the Housing and Property Tribunal and the additional support needs tribunal within  the Health and Educational Chamber. Our solicitors practice as safeguarders under the 2000 Act at Glasgow and Paisley Sheriff Courts. They have been involved in a number of publications in their field and have provided training to a wide range of people and organisations across Scotland in the private, third and public sector on the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.



We provide a service around your commitments and needs.  We aim to be flexible and family friendly. Home visits can be arranged where appropriate.

Free First Consultation

Please contact us to see if we can help you,  your clients, family or anyone that you care for.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Our Team


Karen Kirk

Solicitor Advocate/Partner

Karen has specialised in litigation and in disability, incapacity and mental health law since 2002.  She worked within a law centre for 16 years and provided legal representation to clients with mental ill health, learning disability or brain injury, as well as to their relatives or carers.  Throughout she had extensive general civil litigation experience. She is appointed by the Court as Safeguarder under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 200 at Glasgow and at Paisley Sheriff Courts.  From 2014 to 2019 she was accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in mental health law and in incapacity and disability law.  She is a Solicitor Advocate.  She is a Legal Member of the Mental Health Tribunal and the Housing and Property Tribunal.  She is a member of the Law Society Mental Health and Disability Committee.  She tutors in Civil Litigation and advanced civil litigation at Glasgow University in the diploma for legal practice.  She is a volunteer member of the Action for Children’s Independent Review Panel. Karen also undertakes solicitor work at JustRight Scotland, Scotland’s centre for justice and human rights.


Deirdre Hanlon


Deirdre Hanlon has over 20 years experience in the legal sector. She was previously a partner at a law centre providing legal advice, assistance and representation to clients with a mental health diagnosis across a broad range of civil legal matters. She has also provided legal consultancy at a private law firm. In 2006 until 2011 Deirdre was appointed HM Commissioner at the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland over two terms where she chaired the Inquiries and Investigations Group amongst other things.

Deirdre currently sits as a Legal Member on the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and within the Health and Education Chamber in the additional support needs jurisdiction where she also edits the Tribunal Members Bulletin. Deirdre was appointed Chair of the board of trustees as Just Right Scotland in 2017, a charitable human rights organisation promoting collaborative social justice and equality through legal services across a number of different projects including the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, and the Scottish Refugee and Migrant Centre.

Get In Touch!

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


PO BOX 2683


G69 1BP


0141 378 6959