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Stephen Cardinal

Senior Associate Solicitor
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I am a senior associate in the Public Law & Human Rights department in Sheffield and joined Irwin Mitchell in 2012 from a leading family law firm in Birmingham. 

I specialise in health and welfare cases in the Court of Protection and a broad range of judicial review cases, including challenges to the provision of community care and healthcare. I am instructed by individuals and charities challenging cuts to public services. 

I acted for the claimant in the case of R (ZYN) v Walsall MBC [2014] EWHC 1918 (Admin), successfully challenging a local authority’s policy on social care charging. 

I regularly act for vulnerable adults who lack mental capacity in the Court of Protection, instructed by the Official Solicitor in relation to disputes regarding their residence and care arrangements. 

I also act for families in complex medical treatment cases. I represented the families in the cases of NHS Trust and Baby X and others [2012] EWHC 2188 and Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust v CD [2014] EWCOP 23, (2014).

At my previous firm I acted for local authorities, family members and guardians in public law children proceedings. I am an experienced advocate and undertake my own advocacy frequently. 


"He's extremely knowledgeable - a very sensible and steady Court of Protection practitioner." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

He has notable experience in disputes concerning capacity, treatment and residence. - Chambers & Partners, 2018

Stephen "is absolutely excellent - he's very dedicated" and does "top-drawer Court of Protection work." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 05/09/2018
    Cumbria Council Apologises To Mother-Of-Three After Restrictions Led To ‘Five Months Of Hell’

    “This was a hugely worrying situation where we believe that the council’s behaviour has significantly infringed on the human rights of our client. “This is not only in respect of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding the obligation to respect her private and family life, but also in relation to Article 6 and her right to a fair trial. In our view, the decision to delay issuing care proceedings meant our client was simply unable to have her voice heard during this emotional situation. “This whole experience led LC to suffer extreme distress and upset and affected her relationship with her children. It is simply unacceptable and we are delighted she has now had an apology from the council.”

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