Directorate of Legal Services

The Directorate of Legal Services (DLS) is the sole provider of legal services for the public Health and Social Care Sector (HSC) in Northern Ireland.

Update re Coronavirus (Covid 19)

DLS is continuing to support the HSC in Northern Ireland during the current Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic.

Our priority continues to be the health, safety and welfare of our staff whilst we deliver the full range of legal services to our clients as efficiently as possible.  In line with NI Executive guidance that, where possible, staff should continue to work from home, most of our solicitors are continuing to work remotely.  All solicitors have access to our business IT systems and can communicate by telephone, email and/or video conference.

If you know which solicitor is dealing with the relevant case or matter, please continue to contact that solicitor directly by email/mobile phone.  

DLS admin staff are working in the office on a shift/rota basis to allow social distancing in line with NI Executive Guidance. 

If you are contacting us in relation to a new case or matter, please contact the relevant solicitor by email/mobile phone where possible.

If you do not have contact details for the relevant solicitor, the following email addresses can be used, but please note that these mailboxes are not monitored outside normal working hours :-

Employment Law –

Clinical Negligence, Coroners – Clinneg&

Commercial Law –

Mental Capacity, Judicial Review – Mentalcapacity&

Emergency Children Law –

Mental Health Tribunal –

Email should continue to be the primary method of communicating with DLS at this time.


Alphy Maginness

Chief Legal Adviser

July 2020