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Alice Cullingworth

Alice Cullingworth


Alice is currently on sabbatical and will return to work at Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP in November 2023.


“Alice Cullingworth is noted for their expertise in health and social care law” Legal 500, 2023


Alice qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and specialises in public law and human rights. They are strongly committed to promoting the interests and rights of under-represented groups.

Alice has particular expertise in health and social care law. They have represented many disabled children and adults in court proceedings to challenge decisions and policies by public bodies including legal challenges to respite / day centre closures, consultation challenges, cuts to public services, school transport policies, and cuts to special educational needs budgets.

Alice regularly acts for Claimants in judicial review claims in the High Court; past cases include a successful challenge to cuts by West Berkshire Council to funding for voluntary organisations providing short breaks for disabled children: R (DAT) v West Berkshire Council [2016] EWHC 1876.

They have also achieved many positive results for families without the need for court proceedings, including the reversal of Hampshire County Council’s post-16 education transport policy for disabled teens: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-49290965

Alice has significant expertise in welfare cases in the Court of Protection, regarding a person’s mental capacity and/or best interests. They have had conduct of many urgent and complex cases, including concerning the continuance of artificial nutrition and hydration: ​PL v Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group & Anor [2017] EWCOP 22.

They are also an Accredited Legal Representative under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Scheme.

Alice Cullingworth… was strong, clear, knowledgeable, decisive, and effective in reversing a decision which was wrong in law and had a very detrimental effect on our son and we understand several other families in a similar position. I was especially impressed by Alice’s ability to combine incisive technical legal expertise with an understanding of the human and political environment… [Alice’s] willingness to facilitate access to justice in this really effective manner for the affected families was truly admirable and in our experience exceptional.” Robert Marcus, client

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