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Alice Cullingworth



I am a solicitor in the Public Law & Human Rights 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.

Client Testimonials

“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

  • 22/09/2017
    Council Agrees To Rethink Plans To Close A Respite Care Centre

    “Situations like these faced by HS and VM highlight why it is so important that no further steps to close the service are taken before the Cabinet announces its new decision. “Parents were told by the council that the centre will not be closed unless there is suitable alternative respite provision to meet the complex needs of their adult children. Sadly, we remain of the view that suitable alternative provision has not been identified for all centre users. If and when suitable alternative provision is identified, the law requires that there should be a carefully planned transition process for these service users, due to the complexity of their needs.”

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  • 18/08/2017
    Specialist Lawyers Instructed By Worried Mum After Council Seeks To Close Respite Care Centre

    “We have been instructed to establish whether there are grounds for a judicial review of Southampton Council’s decision to close the Kentish Road respite centre. “The centre offers critical support to not only those people with learning disabilities who use it but also their family. It enables the carers within the family to take a break from having to be the only source of care for their loved ones. “We intend to look into the concerns of the centre’s users regarding how the decision to close it was reached and also at how the council’s decision has already affected those who use the centre.”

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  • 10/08/2017
    Injured Paratrooper Ben Parkinson To Receive ‘Full Care Assessment’ After Legal Intervention

    “It is very good news that the organisations involved appear eager to resolve the issues regarding Ben’s care. Whilst we are hopeful the action proposed will resolve all the failings, we will be monitoring closely to ensure his needs are all going to be met. "We will be asking the parties to confirm a tight timetable for the assessment and a round table meeting, because the issues with Ben’s care are urgent as he is shortly due to have surgery.”

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  • 08/08/2017
    Inspirational Soldier Ben Parkinson Calls On Lawyers For Help Regarding Care Concerns

    “Ben has made an incredible recovery from the serious injuries he suffered in Afghanistan and has gone on to become an inspiration known across the UK for the spirit he has shown to overcome so many challenges. “Despite this, we are concerned that there appears to be a lack of a coherent strategy regarding his care and that the provision of such support may well have fallen through the cracks between the NHS, MoD and the Doncaster CCG. Ben has urgent care and specialist equipment needs that Ben considers are not being properly met. Sadly, he feels that promises made to him by the MoD are not being fulfilled. “While we are determined to resolve this issue as quickly as possible for Ben, we believe this action may have wider implications for many other men and women who have been injured during service in the armed forces. Our service men and women make great sacrifices for their country so it is of real concern that many could be left without sufficient care and support to meet their needs.”

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