The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are empowering laws that promote the autonomy of adults and safeguard individuals’ human rights when applied correctly. Wendy Silberman has trained over 600 Best Interests Assessors, as a visiting lecturer, through the University of Birmingham and has been an independent Best Interests Assessor (BIA) since 2009. Having qualified in 2013, Ming Nagel was formerly a BIA for a Local Authority and has been an independent BIA since 2014. She also teaches on the University of Birmingham programme. We are passionate about this area of law and are committed to the statutory principles of the MCA. Many of our assessments have been used as evidence in The Court of Protection for final adjudication. We reach defensible decisions and ensure consideration of less restrictive options by spending the time required to thoroughly assess capacity and scrutinise the individual’s care.