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Adult Services & Human Rights

Charmaine Murray is the Head of Adults Services & Human Rights and leads the team.

Charmaine qualified in 1986 and, after spending a few years in private practice, joined Birmingham City Council in 1989. She has wide experience in all areas of social services law relating to both children and adults, including litigation, advice and advocacy. She currently specialises in the law relating to adults and provides legal, policy and procedural advice. Charmaine is the Relationship Lawyer for the Adults & Communities Directorate. She has also formed the Central Region Community Care SIG. She has a Masters in Business Administration.


  • specialises in all aspects of adult social care and health law
  • provides legal, policy and procedural advice as well as litigation and advocacy
  • covers a wide range of complex work including judicial review, community care, immigration and asylum, inquests, mental health, adult safeguarding, court of protection (both financial and welfare cases) and forced marriages
  • has expertise in human rights issues and successfully defended the local authority in the House of Lords case of YL
  • represents the local authority in complex cases in the Administration Court, the Court of Protection and supports officers called to give evidence at inquests
  • provides advice to the Safeguarding Adults Board on the Mental Health Capacity Act
  • supports the Adults & Communities directorate in its Business Transformation, including personalization of service delivery
  • provides training internally and to other local authorities

Contact Details:

Charmaine Murray
Head of Adult Services and Human Rights Law

Tel: 0121-303 2857
Email: charmaine.murray@birmingham.gov.uk