Stephen Cardinal



I am a solicitor in the Public Law department in Sheffield and joined Irwin Mitchell in 2012 from a leading family law firm in Birmingham. 

I specialise in health and welfare cases in the Court of Protection and a broad range of judicial review cases, including challenges to the provision of community care and healthcare. I am instructed by individuals and charities challenging cuts to public services. 

I acted for the claimant in the case of R (ZYN) v Walsall MBC [2014] EWHC 1918 (Admin), successfully challenging a local authority’s policy on social care charging. 

I regularly act for vulnerable adults who lack mental capacity in the Court of Protection, instructed by the Official Solicitor in relation to disputes regarding their residence and care arrangements. 

I also act for families in complex medical treatment cases. I represented the families in the cases of NHS Trust and Baby X and others [2012] EWHC 2188 and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust v CD [2014] EWCOP 23, (2014).

At my previous firm I acted for local authorities, family members and guardians in public law children proceedings. I am an experienced advocate and undertake my own advocacy frequently. 

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