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I am an Associate Solicitor in the Public Law & Human Rights department in London.
I have expertise in a broad range of public law work and specialise in the law of social care, healthcare and medical treatment, mental capacity, disability discrimination and human rights law.
My practice is particularly focussed on healthcare, medical treatment and other clinical disputes, including withdrawal of life support and other end of life care. These cases often raise issues of medical ethics and human rights and involve legal arguments relating to dignity, the right to life or the right to healthcare. I have experience of urgent and out of hours applications where rapid decisions are needed about a patient’s medical treatment.
I regularly represent Claimants in the High Court in judicial review proceedings, and have successfully challenged decisions at the level of both local and national government. Many of these cases have involved challenging cuts to public services, or access to services, particularly on behalf of vulnerable and disabled people.
I am regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and other parties to act on behalf of vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection in relation to health and welfare matters, including deprivation of liberty and disputes about contact and residence.
Whenever I succeed in helping a client to obtain the support they need from the state, or to challenge an unfair decision.
"She is extremely well prepared, extremely conscientious and takes real care about the way she prepares the cases." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"Very good - she's on the ball and always on top of the facts, even in difficult and complex cases. She also gets on very well with clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Extremely calm and effective in juggling many balls in the air in a big case" - Legal 500, 2017
She is respected for her "enormous dedication to her clients" and is said to "understand the jurisdiction, the needs of her client and how to get the best result in a very canny way." - Chambers & Partners 2016
“Dear Anne-Marie, I would like to thank you very much for the skill, care and consideration that you gave to my mother’s case and to me as my mother’s litigation friend. It is not too dramatic to say that my mother has her life back and a future thanks to Irwin Mitchell.”
Ms M, daughter of an elderly woman with dementia who I advised in relation to her residence and care
“Dear Anne-Marie, I just want to thank you for your great kindness when I needed advice….You were an island of competence, efficiency and kindness at the time, which was exactly what I needed. Many many thanks once again, and I will be recommending you to friends and colleagues.”
Ms B, daughter of a man requiring end of life care
“Irwin Mitchell have been fantastic through all of this and especially Anne-Marie who helped move G to a neuro rehab, where he is now receiving excellent care. Appreciate all your expert help and professionalism so very much.”
Ms L, partner of a man with a severe brain injury
“Our clients are deeply concerned about the decisions made by this council and believe the local authority has not complied with its legal obligations.
“The proposed cuts would impact significantly on some of the most vulnerable members of society. The parents have been left with little choice to bring this judicial review, as despite repeated pleas, the local authority has failed to enter into meaningful talks with them to find a solution which addresses their concerns.
“We appreciate that are difficult times for local government but cuts of this nature would only serve to create huge difficulty for disabled children and their families.”
“Through our work in helping families of children with special educational needs we have seen the increasing strain local authorities are being placed under because of budget cuts.
“The issue of councils being able to fund specialist services is a growing problem with concern that an increasing number of local authorities are failing to meet their statutory responsibilities to disabled children.
“The families are concerned that local authorities are not receiving enough funding so wish to investigate whether there are legal grounds to challenge the government over its funding support.
“They believe that thousands of children across the UK with special educational needs are currently unable to receive the support that they need.”
We are pleased that the court has accepted that we have an arguable case which merits a full judicial review of Hackney’s proposals.
“It remains our view that the local authority has failed to ensure that each child receives the level of help they require and that the proposals to reduce funding do not have the individual needs of a child in mind.
“These proposals would severely impact on some of the most vulnerable people in society. We once again call on the local authority to engage with families to find a solution and end the worry and upset our clients are experiencing because of these proposals.”
We have said all along that the county council has misunderstood its legal obligations and failed to lawfully consult with some of the most vulnerable members of society who will be adversely affected by these proposals.
“We are pleased that the High Court has recognised the need for a full legal review of the county council’s plans to be held. However, despite this we would once again urge the local authority to reconsider its decision and enter into constructive dialogue with the families on how best to find a solution. We appreciate the severe financial burdens that public services face but this issue will not go away.”
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