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I am a Senior 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
"Brilliant" - Legal 500, 2018/19
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
“The issue of funding for special educational needs is a major one at present and is something that we have been contacted about on many occasions in recent years but this is the first time that the government have been taken to court over its decisions on SEND funding.
“So many families are desperate to know that their children will be able to get the support they require to access an education, yet so many councils at the moment are resorting to budget cuts, which puts that under serious threat.
“Our clients in this case simply feel that enough is enough and want the government to reconsider the level of support it is providing to local authorities on the issue of special educational needs.”
"Under the current law people with autism or a learning disability can be detained in a mental health hospital or ATU, even if they do not have an accompanying mental health diagnosis.
“Families are extremely concerned that their sons or daughters who have autism or learning disabilities are at risk of detention should they display behaviours that challenge.
“This is an issue which is causing great worry, not only to our clients but thousands of others. This is reflected by more than 45,000 people signing a petition calling on the government to stop the detention of people with autism and learning disabilities in ATUs.
“The families have requested that we investigate this issue as they believe the government is failing in its duty towards some of society’s most vulnerable people.”
“The families believe that Hackney Council’s approach fails to ensure schools have sufficient funds to meet the actual cost of provision for children with SEND, who are some of the most vulnerable in society.
“While the families are thankful to the court for examining the case they have decided to seek permission to appeal. By doing so they hope that the council will adopt a policy in which funding is allocated according to the specific provision identified for each child, and reverses its cuts to expenditure on SEND, so that children get the vital specialist support that they require.
“It is important to note that the judgment does not prevent other families from being able to challenge cuts to budgets or services as each case is based on its individual facts and merits.”
She said: “The fact that Amal Fathy did not receive a fair trial is extremely concerning but what is even more worrying is that impartial international observers found that many of the issues identified in this case seem to be commonplace within the judicial system in Egypt.
“It was a privilege to speak at the European Parliament and help highlight the issues that people going through the courts in some countries still face and how vital it is that everyone receives a fair trial.”
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