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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.
"He's brilliant, very committed to his job and really nice to work with." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
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
"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
"A very experienced public law litigator and a good judge of a case" - Legal 500, 2018/19
"'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
"Personalised and professional experience Very client focused. Excellent support and legal advice" - Trustpilot review
“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 across the North East.
“This is why 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.
“Our 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 that the criteria to assess the cost of this was also flawed.”
“This judgment has significantly clarified the law in this area and ensure that those with terminal or life limiting illnesses are treated with dignity and respect in the final stages of their lives and hopefully make the process as simple as possible for families at a most difficult time for them.
"The court has confirmed that as long as families and doctors agree that that removing treatment, including nutrition and hydration, is in the patient’s best interests, there is no legal requirement for a court order before the treatment can be withdrawn. The patient’s rights will be protected and long as the specialist clinical guidance and the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 are followed.
“This will allow those suffering with terrible terminal or life limiting illnesses to pass away with dignity, easing the suffering and pain for all involved. Of course where families and doctors cannot agree a way forward or the decision is more finely balanced, the Court of Protection will still be able to help to look at the facts and expert medical evidence available to help with the decision making process.”
“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.”
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