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Anne-Marie Irwin

Anne-Marie Irwin


Anne-Marie Irwin has impressive expertise in a range of health and welfare matters, including a strong track record in taking cases to the Court of Protection and to judicial review. Sources say she is “someone you take seriously when you are opposite her.” – Chambers & Partners 2019.

Anne-Marie has acted in some of the most high-profile public law and human rights cases of recent years, including cases before the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Anne-Marie’s practice includes health and social care, medical treatment, and welfare cases in the Court of Protection, in which she is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor. She is an Accredited Legal Representative under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Scheme.

She has two particular areas of focus: strategic challenges to budget cuts and policies affecting disabled and vulnerable clients, and medical treatment cases, often involving disputes at the end of life. She has significant experience of working with the media in high-profile cases.

In recent years Anne-Marie has acted in landmark judicial reviews seeking a change to the law on assisted dying in England & Wales and against central government, challenging its funding policy for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities.

She is a trustee of the Globe Community Project, a small charity working with communities in east London, and is Vice-Chair of the Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group.

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

Simone & ors v Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Education [2019] EWHC 2609 (Admin) – a landmark judicial review against the government’s policy for special educational needs funding

R (on the application of Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice [2018] EWCA Civ 1431 – a high-profile judicial review raising human rights arguments, seeking to change the law on assisted dying in England and Wales

Westminster City Council Manuela Sykes [2014] EWCOP B9 – the first case in which the Court of Protection permitted publication of photographs of the respondent and a successful application to allow Ms Sykes to return to live in her own home

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