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Alice Cullingworth



I am a Solicitor in the Public Law & Human Rights (PLHR) department at Irwin Mitchell. I lead the PLHR team in Southampton and am responsible for the South Coast region.

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.

I am a Committee Member of the Law Society's Access to Justice Committee, which works to promote improvements in the availability and operation of legal aid and in access to justice. In my spare time, I volunteer with Southampton Mencap.

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

  • 30/10/2017
    Court Of Protection Rules That It Was In The Best Interests Of A Paralysed Woman To Have Treatment Withdrawn

    “This is an incredibly emotive case and it has been hugely difficult for the loved ones of PL to make the decision in terms of applying for treatment to come to an end. The patient’s full circumstances and her human rights were considered by the court before arriving at a decision that it was in her best interests to provide palliative care only. “This case is truly heart-breaking and we only hope that if the family can draw any comfort from this outcome, it is that the wishes of their much-loved mother and wife will have been met.”

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  • 13/10/2017
    Milestone In Fight To Ensure Injured Paratrooper Ben Parkinson Receives Full Level Of Care

    We were assured at the meeting that all the officers and clinicians involved in this case genuinely want to resolve the issues with Ben’s care. “The formation of the steering group marks a milestone in ensuring Ben receives the level of care he deserves. There is still some way to go but we are pleased with the progress that has been made. “We will continue to work with everyone involved to resolve the issues that have been identified. We hope that the parties’ offer for interim support will be sufficient so that an application to court will no longer be necessary.”

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  • 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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