Bell Vs Tavistock - Puberty Blockers and Detransitioning in the UK

Legal and Medical Implications

Mrs. Capricious
7 min readMar 2, 2024
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Originally published in Prism & Pen 09-03-21.

This work is presented in draft form for historical purposes. As far as I know the seminar was not minuted. As errors/omissions are mine.

The Bell Vs Tavistock judgement had lasting implications for the provision of healthcare to trans and GNC youth in the United Kingdom (before its repeal on 17th September 2021). Commentary has examined the judgement in detail since it was handed down December 2020.

Last week the Centre for Health, Law and Society and the Human Rights Implementation Clinic, in association with the University of Bristol hosted a seminar examining the Medical and Legal implications of the judgement, any merits and flaws therein, and potential for remedy on appeal.

The seminar was hosted by Dr. Peter Dunne, who provided a summary of the judgement, Dr. Sandra Duffy, who introduced the five expert speakers, Liam Davis who oversaw the session’s Q&A session.

To be clear, I’m a perennial undergrad scrub. So this is a lay idiot’s guide to an interesting and enlightening seminar.

Dr. Bianca Jackson, the first speaker is a barrister with a special interest in Best Interest…



Mrs. Capricious

Capricious by name, steadfast by nature. Trans femme dyke. Smutsmith. Provocateur. Witch. Poet. Slut. Idiot.