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Lisa joined Irwin Mitchell in 2011 as a solicitor specialising in community care and public law. She began her public law career at Public Interest Lawyers where her caseload encompassed international and domestic public law, planning and environmental law cases. Lisa moved to Public Law Solicitors in 2008 where she extended her expertise to community care, obtaining social and healthcare services for clients with ongoing and complex care needs.
Since joining Irwin Mitchell Lisa has developed a broad public law practice. Based in the firm’s Manchester office, she specialises in community care, asylum support, healthcare and medical treatment and mental capacity law. Lisa acts for clients who are experiencing ongoing difficulties in obtaining appropriate care and services, both for themselves and their children, from local authorities and the NHS.
She has brought judicial review actions on behalf of these clients to challenge the legality of the relevant public authority’s position. Lisa is also regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and the families of vulnerable adults in cases in the Court of Protection where an individual’s mental capacity and best interests are considered in relation to matters such as deprivation of liberty and decisions pertaining to their health and welfare.
“The Education Secretary is under a legal duty to promote the welfare of children taking part in the Reception Baseline Assessment and its upcoming pilot scheme. Our clients’ parents are concerned that going through the assessment process could put their children at risk of harm.
They are worried about the immediate distress experienced by some children in the assessment process itself, and the longer term impact on their education of schools potentially using the feedback they will get from the assessment to label or stream children at such a young age. We understand the tasks in the assessment become progressively harder, and where children are finding them too difficult the electronic assessment tool will move on to a different type of task. Our clients’ families are worried that they have no way of knowing how difficult the children have to find the tasks before they are diverted away from them.
They also do not know how the children will react to a formal 1:1 assessment within the first 6 weeks of starting school when they are only just getting to know their teacher, classmates and the school environment. They are concerned that being asked to complete tasks that are unfamiliar or too difficult could cause children to feel anxious and stressed and to associate that feeling with being at school and learning. Studies have even suggested that some children just starting school can associate failing in a task with how good they are as a person.”
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