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I specialise in community care, patient rights and mental capacity law. I act for clients who have ongoing difficulties with social services, the NHS and other public bodies. I have brought judicial review cases on behalf of children and adults seeking appropriate care from their local social services and the NHS.
I also act for clients opposing the closure care homes, day centres and NHS services and seeking to challenge cuts to government funding in health and social care. I have acted for disabled refugees, securing accommodation for them from local authorities under their community care duties.
I advise clients in relation to their rights to healthcare, medical treatment and other clinical disputes. These cases often raise issues of medical ethics and legal arguments relating to ‘dignity’, the ‘right to life’ or the ‘right to healthcare’.
I also act for the Official Solicitor, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (‘IMCAs’) and for the families of vulnerable adults in cases in the Court of Protection under the Mental Capacity Act relating to their mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, health and welfare. I am a founder and national committee member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (‘CoPPA’) and within Irwin Mitchell I lead the Public Law & Human Rights department’s Court of Protection special interest group.
"He is a really sound, really good lawyer who is good to work with." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
Mathieu is "very approachable, very thorough and an excellent solicitor." – Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Singled out for his 'impressively calm manner'" - Legal 500, 2017
"a very measured and intellectual lawyer who ensures that cases are well represented." – Chambers & Partners 2015
"Highly recommended." –Legal 500 2014
Deprivation of liberty safeguards: Assessment and authorization - Yogi Amin and Mathieu Culverhouse - British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing Jun 2010
Legal reflections on the human rights of restraint reduction – Sam Karim and Mathieu Culverhouse – A human rights perspective on reducing restrictive practices in intellectual disability and autism, BILD Publications 2014
Cheshire West: A Year Later – Mathieu Culverhouse and Saoirse de Bont – International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support, Spring 2015
“We have been instructed by Hightown Parish Council to act on their behalf as they look to challenge the decision taken by NHS England to close the Hightown Village Surgery.
“We believe that the decision taken by NHS England, and the manner in which it was made, was inadequate with it failing to comply with numerous sections of the National Health Service Act 2006 and also with NHS England’s consultation duties.
“Although ‘listening events’ were held over the future of the surgery in April 2017, NHS England were keen to emphasise at the time that the exercise did not constitute a formal consultation.
“We have now written to NHS England urging it to reconsider its decision or potentially face a judicial review into the decision in the High Court.”
“We have been instructed to act on behalf of Mr Denderowicz and we hope that we can help him to be discharged from hospital, with the appropriate provision being put in place for his care at his family home.
“We believe the hospital is an unsuitable environment for our client in the current circumstances, where he has been deemed medically fit for discharge.
“A prolonged stay in hospital only puts our client at greater risk of hospital–acquired infection, which for someone in Mr Denderowicz’s health condition, could be extremely dangerous.”
“The Grange provides a vital lifeline for the children and their parents. The upheaval of forcing the children to move to a new home suitable to treat their complex needs will have a massive impact on their lives.
“The parents have asked the council not to disrupt their children’s care arrangements.
“We argue that the council failed to carry out a proper public consultation into the proposals, has not conducted a full assessment of how the current residents will be affected and has failed to identify appropriate homes, within or outside Salford, where children could be sent.
“We had previously written to the council urging it to reconsider its decision or potentially face a judicial review into the decision in the High Court.
“Unfortunately the council has not shown that it’s willing to reconsider its decision, and so we have issued our application for a judicial review.”
“In these highly sensitive cases, there are no winners or losers. The court’s task is to review all the available evidence, in particular the evidence of those who were closest to the person concerned, in order to reach a clear view as to who the person was and what they would have wanted, before making a decision about what is in their best interests.
"In this case, after hearing all the evidence presented to the court by the family and medical experts, the judge has decided that that withdrawing the life sustaining treatment is in my client’s mother’s best interests given her current quality of life and her previously expressed wishes and feelings. The patient’s human rights are always fully considered in such cases.
“Whilst the court has dealt with the case very sensitively, my client and her sister have found it distressing and painful to have to go to court to fight for their mother’s wishes to be respected, and they hope that in future a different way can be found to resolve cases such as this, so that other families do not have to go through the same ordeal.”
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