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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

  • 02/11/2018
    High Court Orders Birmingham City Council To Suspend Plans To Close Day Centre For Adults With Disabilities

    “We are pleased that the High Court has granted the interim relief order which will provide some peace of mind to those who rely on the centre for the time being. “We are heartened that when granting the interim order, the judge commented that we had a strong case that a full and lawful consultation over the closure was required. “We once again call on the local authority to listen to the people who use Fairway Day Centre and their families, and reconsider the decision to close this vital service.”

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  • 31/10/2018
    Birmingham City Council Urged To Rethink Decision To Close ‘Essential’ Day Centre

    “Fairway Day Centre is a vital hub for vulnerable people in the Kings Norton area and the community is extremely concerned regarding the steps which have been taken to close it. “After reviewing the key facts surrounding this case, we believe the decision has ultimately been taken on unlawful grounds and we are now urging the council to once again revisit the issue. “The closure of this site will have a significant negative impact on a number of people and it is clear that it should not be taken lightly. Users of the centre believe that the Council had failed to consult and so did not know just how seriously this will impact on the local community. We will support our clients every step of the way in this matter.”

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  • 11/05/2018
    Family of Worcester Woman Who Died After Taking Diet Pills Launch Legal Challenge To Overturn Suicide Ruling

    Doug and Carole have endured an incredibly difficult time which no parents should have to face. “Ever since the inquest’s conclusion they have held concerns regarding the Coroner's ruling and specifically whether it amounts to an error of law when all of the key facts are properly considered. While nothing will change what they have been through, they are determined to ensure this issue is properly considered, and that the conclusion reflects the truth of what happened to Bethany. “Inquest law is a hugely important area and the public need confidence that it is always applied correctly, particularly in the incredibly sensitive area of suicide.”

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  • 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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