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I am a solicitor in Irwin Mitchell's Public Law & Human Rights department, based in Leeds, specialising in health and welfare law. I represent individuals or family members in Court of Protection proceedings relating to care, residence, contact and so on. I also advise and assist those who seek help with decisions made by local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in relation to the provision of care. I have extensive experience of bringing judicial reviews on behalf of claimants.
Before this role I was a prison lawyer for 12 years. I also have experience of inquests, particularly those involving deaths in prison.
It is a cliché, but I went into a career in the law because I wanted to help people.
“A case of this nature highlights a range of issues but clearly the most important is that a devoted husband and wife have had their contact limited for almost a year. The issues seen in this case simply cannot be allowed to happen again and lessons must be learned.”
This is the next step in our legal battle to help these vulnerable people protect the services that they feel are essential.
“Elderly and disabled people are facing severe cuts to their services all across the UK and it is having a massive impact on their lives. The cuts to the social education centres in Doncaster are the latest to come under scrutiny and we have heard from many families about the negative affect that the council’s decision will have.
“It isn't yet clear what the council have done to date to implement the decision to close the social education centres at Conisborough, Thorne and Cedar, especially now that many of the service users from Adwick have been forced to use the facilities at Conisborough whilst their SEC is entirely refurbished following the discovery of asbestos.
“We are now busy preparing for the Judicial Review in the High Court when we hope the decision to close the centres will be quashed.”
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