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Oliver Carter



I am a solicitor in the Public Law & Human Rights team, specialising in health and social care, inquests and actions against the police. I joined Irwin Mitchell as a paralegal in 2010 before training and qualifying with the firm.

I am also co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, a national group of aspiring and junior lawyers which campaigns for access to justice and seeks to promote social mobility and diversity in the legal profession.

Health and social care

I represent disabled adults and children in judicial review proceedings concerning the duties on local authorities and the NHS to provide them with sufficient care and support, including challenges to withdrawal or closure of services and cases under the Equality Act.

I act on behalf of vulnerable adults and their families in health and welfare disputes in the Court of Protection, where the court is asked to decide what is in the best interests of a person who lacks the mental capacity to make decisions for themselves.

Civil liberties

I represent families at inquests into the death of a loved one where that death has occurred in police custody, prison, social care or a mental health hospital, or where the death has taken place following contact with the police. I also advise and represent families in claims under the Human Rights Act following deaths where a public body is involved.

I act for clients in actions against the police arising out of wrongful arrest, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and in claims under the Human Rights Act.

Client testimonials

“Thank you so much for all you have done. The standard of your work and ability to listen to me, when we needed you, is astounding. You have given my father and I a voice. I have been so stressed out by all of this and so has my father. But we don't feel alone with you on our side.”Ms E

“I am deeply moved by your quick and efficient response and willingness to help. It gives hope to see even that even when faced with brick walls, there are those who are there provide a ladder and help you up and over.”Mr N


I write regularly about public law, human rights, legal aid and access to justice for Legal Action, The Justice Gap, Legal Voice and Socialist Lawyer. I have also written for Solicitors Journal, Huffington Post, openDemocracy and the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law.

What inspired you to get into law?

I wanted to use the law to help people who need it most and also, where possible, to effect positive social change. The work we do in the Public Law & Human Rights team can benefit not only our individual clients, but also wider groups in society. For example, while working as a paralegal in the team, I assisted on a successful challenge to the closure of a soup kitchen in Walthamstow (Blake & Others v London Borough of Waltham Forest [2014] EWHC 1027 (Admin)).

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

It is incredibly rewarding when we are able to successfully challenge unlawful conduct by state bodies in the public interest, but the most important thing is achieving a positive outcome for our clients and protecting their rights.

What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?

I work with fantastic colleagues on important cases which can change people’s lives, and throughout the firm the range of expertise we have is unrivalled – whatever legal problem a client has, there is likely to be someone at Irwin Mitchell who knows the answer.

What do you do away from the office?

I campaign for legal aid and access to justice as co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, I volunteer for a homeless charity and I try to run the occasional half-marathon (my single attempt at a marathon to date was not a resounding success). I have also taken part in two successful attempts to break the world record for the longest ever football match. Sadly I think my days as a world record breaking athlete are some way behind me.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 13/09/2017
    Nottingham Man Found Dead After "Begging" To Be Admitted To Hospital

    Jason’s family believe that there was a lack of clear strategy to manage Jason’s mental health issues and ensure he received the adequate treatment he deserved. It is particularly concerning that he did not receive treatment for 11 months due to a lack of funding for the personality disorder service. “Had there been a proper, co-ordinated plan to manage Jason's mental health issues, and in particular to ensure that he received treatment for his personality disorder, Jason’s family believe that the risk to his life could have been managed and his death prevented. We hope that lessons have now been learned to prevent similar incidents in future.”

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