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I am a solicitor in the Public Law & Human Rights department. My main specialisms are community care, mental capacity, health and welfare and education.
My experience includes bringing judicial review proceedings to obtain support and assessments for vulnerable adults and children as well as challenging policies which appear to be unlawful. I am regularly instructed to act in Court of Protection proceedings concerning issues such as meeting a disabled person’s care needs, residence, contact and deprivation of liberty. I have acted on behalf of adults who lack capacity to make the relevant decisions as well as family members, including grandparents seeking recognition of their role delivering kinship care.
I have experience in advising on and bringing public law cases challenging sensitive policy decisions as well as individual case complaints. I have brought judicial review cases that were successful at High Court and Court of Appeal level.
“Oaks Day Centre provides a vital public service for both those with learning difficulties that use the service and their families.
“Our client and many other local people believe that the local authority is trying to impose a radical change in services for people with learning difficulties in the name of enhancing their subjectivity and right to choose how they receive the care they need.
“AA’s own care plan acknowledges that routine is essential and she does not like going to places where she does not know people and places that she doesn’t recognise. This change will have a massive impact on the life of AA, and other service users.”
“We were instructed by the Barnsley Save Our NHS Campaign Group to establish whether the JCCCG’s decision making has been lawful and whether there are grounds for a judicial review.
“We have now issued judicial review proceedings on behalf of a local resident to challenge the decision by the JCCCG to close the Hyper Acute Stroke Units at Barnsley and Rotherham Hospitals.
“This is obviously a very important issue and one which affects thousands of people across the region. Our client’s believe the decision to close these services would be damaging and would limit peoples access to the much needed, potentially life-saving local NHS stroke services.”
“Luke is an intelligent but vulnerable man who is dependent on a wheelchair, registered blind and relies on support from the council to fund carers so that he can live his life to his full potential. Luke can make his own decisions but requires assistance with all of his personal care needs and activities of daily living and in April 2015 the Council assessed him as needing 24 hours care a day. Luke has decided he does not want to be forced to spend time alone
“An Independent report has stated that the reduced care plan will have a detrimental impact on his wellbeing and independence and Luke, through the support of his family has asked us to challenge the decision to reduce his care.
“We will argue that the council has duties under the Care Act 2014 and has not taken into account the reasons why the reduced payments will have such a significant detrimental impact on Luke’s health and wellbeing. We are pleased that the Court has granted the interim court order meaning his care needs will continue to be met. We now look forward to presenting Luke’s case at the Judicial Review later this year.”
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