Alice Cullingworth



I am a solicitor in the Public Law department at Irwin Mitchell. I joined the firm in 2012 as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in 2014. I specialise in community care and mental capacity law; my work includes:

  • Policy challenges
  • Cuts cases
  • Community care law (such as challenging assessments by local authorities)
  • Judicial review against the NHS
  • Welfare Court of Protection proceedings
  • Delayed discharge cases
  • Continuing healthcare appeals
  • Applications for Lasting Power of Attorney and welfare deputyship

Most of my clients are vulnerable and/or disabled children, adults or their family members. Normally the cases I handle are funded by legal aid and when this isn’t available, I explore what other funding arrangements might be suitable.

Before taking a law conversion course and joining Irwin Mitchell, I achieved a first class BA at the University of Toronto and an MSt at Oxford University. My master's dissertation focused on international human rights law for LGBT people.

Furthermore, I am Vice Chair of the Court of Practitioners Association London. I am a member of Irwin Mitchell's Pro Bono Committee for London, organising regular pro bono projects such as volunteers for the Citizens Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice. I established the Family Law Advice Clinic, a weekly pro bono advice clinic at Irwin Mitchell which is now offered in partnership with the University of Law in Bloomsbury.

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“It has been a complete pleasure working with Alice and I tell everyone how fantastic she and Irwin Mitchell are.”

“We can't thank enough our lawyer, Alice Cullingworth, who did all the hard work to make things happen.”

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 22/07/2016
    Families Of Disabled Children Win Judicial Review Of Council Cuts To Short Breaks Services

    “The High Court has decided that the council’s cuts were unlawful and they will now have to go back to the drawing board and take a new decision – this time complying with all their legal duties. “With the summer holidays on the horizon many families were very concerned about the impact the cuts would have. They are now hopeful that the council will think again and confirm that these services will continue to be funded.”

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  • 03/06/2016
    Parents Of Adults With Autism Celebrate Victory After Securing The Future Of Day Services

    “We are pleased that we achieved 15 key reassurances given by the council about the continued day services for vulnerable adults with autism in Haringey without the need for court proceedings. “Given the little information our clients’ families were provided during the consultation process last year about the closure of Roundway Day Centre, they were seriously concerned that there would be no specialist autism services left in Haringey to meet their very complex needs. “We now have reassurances by the council that the remodelled day services for disabled adults in the local area will include an autism specialist service, that will be safe and fit for purpose, and there will be no gap in provision. “Families will now be watching closely as the new services are implemented and we will expect the Council to keep Roundway Day Centre open if information comes to light during the implementation process that means the reassurances made by the council cannot in fact be met under the new structure.”

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  • 26/05/2016
    Families Of Disabled Children Granted Permission For Judicial Review Of Council Cuts To Short Breaks

    “It’s very encouraging that DAT and BNM have been granted permission to proceed with a judicial review so that the High Court can determine the lawfulness of these cuts. “As things stand, the funding decision has already been implemented and with the summer holidays on the horizon this will be when families will start feeling the worst effects of the cuts. “Before starting court proceedings we invited the council to reverse its decision and to think again after having assessed the sufficiency of vital short breaks for families in West Berkshire. We have also asked that they consider applying a modest amount from its reserves to prevent cutting short breaks services. Now that permission has been granted by the High Court, we have written to the council once more to ask it to think again and avoid incurring any more legal costs defending the claim. We hope the council will reconsider funding for these services, which provide many families with disabled children as normal a family life as possible.”

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  • 26/04/2016
    Families Of Disabled Children Take Council To Court Over Major Cut To Short Breaks Services

    “This announcement obviously struck quite a blow to DAT and BNM’s families as the services they currently enjoy will be reduced starting this summer. It appears that they will be no like for like alternatives available to them locally. “DAT and BNM’s parents are desperately worried about this decision because these services are vital to B and E’s well-being, so they are very concerned that their children would become socially isolated when the services are reduced or closed. “Reducing the services would also have a profound impact on DAT and BNM’s families as they use the time afforded by these services to spend quality time with their other children. The short breaks alone are critical in making DAT and BNM’s parents’ caring role sustainable. “We have invited the council to reverse its decision and to think again after having assessed the sufficiency of vital short breaks for families in West Berkshire. We have also asked that they consider applying a modest amount from its reserves to prevent cutting short breaks services. The 3,694-signature petition by local people shows the strength of opposition across the borough to these cuts.” “There is no evidence West Berkshire Council properly analysed the level of demand for children’s short breaks services or what services will be available to meet this demand with a reduced budget of £190,000 for 2016/17. Nor is there proper and lawful consideration as to whether the council will be providing a sufficient range of day-time care, overnight care, educational or leisure activities, and services to assist carers in the evenings, weekends or school holidays as the law requires.”

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