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I am a solicitor, Partner and the National Head of the Public Law & Human Rights department.
I specialise in a range of public law and civil liberties areas, including Court of Protection work. I advise clients, both individuals and businesses, and represent them in Court on a national basis.
Other areas I specialise in include:
Along with my team, I have acted in a number of widely reported legal cases in the above areas and have contributed to developing the law. I have significant expertise and experience in conducting judicial review cases.
I have a specialist practice in medical ethics and regularly represent parties in the Court of Protection/High Court.
I also regularly lecture in this field. Access to Medical treatment and other clinical disputes often raise legal arguments relating to ‘dignity’, the ‘right to life’ or the ‘right to healthcare’. These are emotive subjects and disputes that I am interested in helping achieve a positive outcome.
In this video, I talk about the different kinds of case that our team handles.
"His reputation precedes him - he knows his stuff and is a very sound lawyer and advocate" - Chambers & Partners, 2018
Yogi is "a ground-breaking lawyer, always looking for new areas where vulnerable clients need help" and is highlighted for his "huge amount of experience in Court of Protection work." "The good thing about him is that he focuses on what the client wants and how to get it. He is a really practical lawyer." "Everyone knows him as an innovative, sensible and brilliant lawyer," who "has years of experience fighting the corner for families and patients." – Chambers & Partners, 2017
"'Superb' for mental health and mental capacity issues" - Legal 500, 2017
Yogi has "unparalleled experience of really tricky cases involving mental health and mental capacity issues" – Legal 500 2016
"A master strategist in terms of cutting through difficult disagreements without having to go to court" and "Very knowledgeable in terms of the management of a case. Very capable." – Chambers & Partners 2016
“This is a very important issue and one which affects thousands of people’s access to much needed, potentially life-saving local NHS hospital services. Recruiting specialist clinicians may provide some solutions which avoid the need to close local hospital services.
“We are continuing to pursue a judicial review of the decision taken by the NHS Sunderland CCG and NHS South Tyneside CCG. It is crucial that any decision made in respect of those services, is made correctly and lawfully.”
“This is obviously a very important issue and one which affects thousands of people’s access to much needed, potentially life-saving local NHS hospital services. This is why it is crucial that any decision made in respect of those services, is made correctly and lawfully.
“The legal challenge raises questions around the decisions taken by the CCGs because of a potentially flawed consultation process which breached the principles of procedural fairness and decisions made on the basis of potential flaws in the transport analysis. Our clients believe the proposals to transfer the NHS services to Sunderland were based on a flawed assessment of the impact on patients and the criteria to assess the cost of this was also flawed.”
This is great news for the campaign to save A&E and acute services at HRI.
“The decision of the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt to order a reconsideration of the hospital reconfiguration proposals is welcome by my clients. He has highlighted the same failings in the decision making process that we have been highlighting for years as part of our legal campaign.
“We had already brought a judicial review on behalf of two local service users, supported by the Campaign group Hands off HRI, which highlighted the very same serious flaws in the process and plans as potentially being unlawful in public law terms. The case is heading to a full judicial review hearing in the High Court in June but we will now consider the response of the CCGs and Hospital Trust board.
“We believe that this is the first time the Secretary of State has halted a major reconfiguration of a hospital on this scale. The landmark announcement is a real vindication for the campaign and our clients’ case and a damning indictment for the hospital trust and CCG proposals.”
“Our involvement with other similar high profile challenges does provide us with strong experience in cases of this nature.
“It also highlights that the concerns over good local access to public health services in the North East are not isolated only to this campaign group. There is a growing trend across the country of people who are beginning to feel worried about losing their specialist local NHS services.”
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