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I specialise in community care, patient rights and mental capacity law. I act for clients who have ongoing difficulties with social services, the NHS and other public bodies. I have brought judicial review cases on behalf of children and adults seeking appropriate care from their local social services and the NHS.
I also act for clients opposing the closure care homes, day centres and NHS services and seeking to challenge cuts to government funding in health and social care. I have acted for disabled refugees, securing accommodation for them from local authorities under their community care duties.
I advise clients in relation to their rights to healthcare, medical treatment and other clinical disputes. These cases often raise issues of medical ethics and legal arguments relating to ‘dignity’, the ‘right to life’ or the ‘right to healthcare’.
I also act for the Official Solicitor, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (‘IMCAs’) and for the families of vulnerable adults in cases in the Court of Protection under the Mental Capacity Act relating to their mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, health and welfare. I am a founder and national committee member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (‘CoPPA’) and within Irwin Mitchell I lead the public law department’s Court of Protection special interest group.
"He is a careful lawyer who makes sure of his grounds before going into battle and shaves off the poor parts of a case." - Chambers & Partners 2016
"a very measured and intellectual lawyer who ensures that cases are well represented." - Chambers & Partners 2015
"He is a safe pair of hands. He goes the extra mile for the client." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"An obvious rising star." and "He has a very good knowledge of the issues and was very helpful in guiding us to where our interventions could have value." - Chambers & Partners 2013
"Highly recommended." - Legal 500 2014
"Calm and efficient." - Legal 500 2013
Deprivation of liberty safeguards: Assessment and authorization - Yogi Amin and Mathieu Culverhouse - British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing Jun 2010
Legal reflections on the human rights of restraint reduction – Sam Karim and Mathieu Culverhouse – A human rights perspective on reducing restrictive practices in intellectual disability and autism, BILD Publications 2014
Cheshire West: A Year Later – Mathieu Culverhouse and Saoirse de Bont – International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, Spring 2015
“Our clients believed the proposal for the remodelling of supported living accommodation by Rochdale Council were in breach of the Council’s statutory duties.
“We are glad the council has extended the consultation date and taken steps to ensure an easy read version of the consultation is published by 2 November, which will enable those vulnerable people potentially impacted by the proposed changes to contribute to the debate and raise the very serious concerns they have about the local authority’s proposals.
"However, there remain concerns that the information published to date by the Council fails to provide service users and their families with sufficient information and we will be reviewing the position in light of the new documents to be published by the Council.”
“We believed the decision taken by Oldham Council to implement an approved list and to refuse to fund services offered by companies not on the list was in breach of the Care Act 2014.
“The Care Act is very clear that people are, as far as possible, to be given their own choice on how they have their needs met and by having closed lists of approved providers this choice was effectively removed.
“Our client is pleased the council has decided to scrap the approved list. The Council will now inform those in receipt of direct payments of their freedom to choose brokers they feel will meet their individual needs.”
“We believe the consultation process undertaken by the local council focused on redesigning drug and alcohol services in Manchester and did not indicate changes would result in the closure of the Brian Hore Unit. The users of services at the unit were not consulted at all about the possible closure of the unit.
“We wrote to Manchester City Council in February to outline our concerns with the way the decision to close the unit was taken, as well as outlining our plans to take steps to issue judicial review proceedings to challenge the decision.
“The council replied to our letter, denying that it had acted unlawfully. We have now formally applied to the High Court for that review, citing the council’s failure to consult with service users or provide them with any opportunity to make representations about the closure of the BHU.”
“We believe the consultation process undertaken by the local council focused on redesigning drug and alcohol services in Manchester and did not indicate changes would result in the closure of the Brian Hore Unit. The users of services at the unit appear not to have been consulted.
“We have now written to Manchester City Council to outline our concerns with the way the decision to close the unit was taken, as well as outlining our plans to take steps to issue judicial review proceedings to challenge the decision.”