The social care and healthcare that we receive is usually of a good standard and appropriate to meet our needs, however sometimes disputes arise and it can be difficult to know where to turn.
Taking on NHS Trusts and other medical and local authority social services may seem daunting, especially if you or a loved one is disabled or unwell, but our expert social and healthcare lawyers can help you to challenge decisions and protect your best interests.
Seeking Legal Advice For Health & Social Care Issues
Our experts have helped clients in a range of disputes over medical and social care issues, including:
We will talk to you about the best way to fund your case. Many of our clients fund cases through public funding (also called legal aid) or Legal Expenses Insurance, so pay nothing for our advice. We will advise you on how to fund your claim, so if you’re worried about the cost, please contact us to discuss all your options.
Let Our Experience In Health & Social Care Law Work In Your Favour
We have a large team of expert community care and health lawyers working across the country, so wherever you are in the UK, we’ll have experienced experts on hand to help.
We are regularly instructed by a range of individuals and organisations. We are regularly appointed by the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court to look after the best interests of adults who are unable to make their own decisions on social or health care. We have been instructed to act for core participants in Public Inquiries on health and social care issues and to intervene on behalf of national charities in cases where important points of law arise.
"I'd like to thank you sincerely for the help and support you gave me through a significant and difficult period of my life. It was clear from the very start that you were highly experienced and knowledgeable." David, recent client.
Our lawyers frequently deliver lectures and undertake cases promoting the rights of choice and control for disabled people, and we regularly lead the way in acting for disabled clients. Many of our cases push the boundaries of the law and raise issues of a wider public interest.
We successfully challenged the lawfulness of Warwickshire County Council’s proposed Local Offer consultation, which included cuts to short breaks for disabled children - click here to find out more.
Yogi Amin, one of the partners in our Public Law & Human Rights department, was named 'Social and Welfare Lawyer of the Year' at the Legal Aid Awards and listed as a leader in his field in the legal directories. We have successfully challenged in the courts decisions of public bodies to cut health and social care services.
In this video, Yogi talks about the work our Public Law & Human Rights team does.
Contact Us To Discuss Health & Social Care Law
To talk to us about a social or healthcare law issue, call us on 0800 028 1943 or contact us online and we will get back to you.
If you need to apply for funding or make a formal complaint to your local council, you can download one of the following precedent letters below in Word format:
Acquired Brain Injury And The Mental Capacity Act
Two of our partners, Alex Rook and Julia Lomas, are members of an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Mental Capacity Act (MCA) interest group. This group, made up of medical, legal and therapy experts, has created a document aimed at highlighting the difficulties associated with using the Mental Capacity Act on behalf of people with an acquired brain injury. The document makes interesting reading for anyone who cares for or works with somebody with an acquired brain injury – download the document here.
For more information on this document, contact Mark Holloway email@example.com
Challenging A Refusal To Assess Your Disabled Child For Specialist Services
In association with Irwin Mitchell, the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign has produced a leaflet in order to help families with disabled children understand their rights and get the support they need. Download a copy here (PDF)
The Best Interests Decision-Making Process
We have worked with Ambitious about Autism, Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation to produce a leaflet to help you if you feel you are not being appropriately consulted about the welfare of your loved ones. Find out more about the leaflet and what you can do
Delay In Court Of Protection Proceedings
In recent months vulnerable adults have experienced significant delays in having their cases brought before the Court of Protection. This is in part due to the volume of applications being made to the Court of Protection.
The Public Law & Human Rights department at Irwin Mitchell is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, families and IMCAs/ Advocates in Court of Protection proceedings. We act in cases across England and Wales and have experience acting in all regional Courts.
If you are concerned about the time it is taking for a case to reach the court, our lawyers will be happy to advise you on how best to proceed. Find out more (PDF)
Your Rights To NHS Funded Treatment: Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence are due to publish full guidance on the use of Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, a neurosurgical procedure which can make a significant positive impact on the quality of life for children and young people with cerebral palsy.
Polly Sweeney, solicitor in our Public Law & Human Rights department, explains in a useful document (PDF) how this may affect your rights to NHS treatment, detailing options available for children who may need this surgery.
"Irwin Mitchell has ‘an outstanding team of highly skilled and accomplished public lawyers', which represents a range of parties in public law challenges."
Legal 500 2014
"They've kept me completely in the loop and someone's always got back to me quickly; I've never felt like I've been in the dark and I've always felt like my case has been a priority for them."
Chambers & Partners 2015 (quote from client)