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Alex Rook

Alex Rook

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“Alex Rook is excellent, and an expert in his field of public law.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019.

Alex’s work has always focused on achieving social justice. He acts for individuals, charities and companies in the full range of judicial review cases,
with particular specialisms in the law on consultation, in health and social care, mental capacity and human rights law.

Alex has successfully won judicial review cases at every level within the British court system,
including winning the first Supreme Court case in relation to the law on consultation (Moseley v London Borough of Haringey [2014] UKSC 56).

He has been instructed to intervene on behalf of national charities (Age UK, SENSE, RNIB, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the National Children’s Bureau)
in three separate Supreme Court cases in recent years.

He was The Times’ Lawyer of the Week in December 2011, following the successful judicial review against the Isle of Wight’s eligibility criteria for adult social care.

Alex is also well known for the welfare work he undertakes in the Court of Protection, acting for the Official Solicitor as well as for families and advocates.
Alex was one of only two private practice solicitors invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee when it reviewed the Mental Capacity Act in 2014,
and is an Accredited Legal Representative under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Scheme.

Alex has acted in many reported cases; here are just a few of the most noteworthy:

Re Lawson, Mottram and Hopton [2019] EWCOP 22 – a test case before the Vice-President of the Court of Protection, clarifying the law in relation to the appointment of welfare deputies (a role which allows another person, often a family member, to make welfare decisions on behalf of an adult who lacks the capacity to make those decisions themselves).

Blake & Ors v London Borough of Waltham Forest [2014] EWHC 1027 (Admin) – a successful challenge to the council’s decision to revoke the licence of a soup kitchen for vulnerable people in Walthamstow. The High Court concluded that the council’s decision was unlawful as it was taken without due regard to the Equality Act.

Moseley v London Borough of Haringey [2014] UKSC 56 – a successful appeal to the Supreme Court, setting the parameters of the information which a public authority is now obliged to provide to the public when consulting with them.

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