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Anne-Marie Irwin

Anne-Marie Irwin

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Anne-Marie is a brilliant solicitor who is efficient, adept, and responsible in her work. She is highly skilled at working for complex claimant teams and necessarily confident in advising to shape and bring a case together. – Chambers and Partners 2024

Anne Marie Irwin is absolutely spectacular at her job. Excellent client management. Real understanding of the law, and how to use controversial cases to change it’. – Legal 500, 2023

Anne-Marie Irwin has a rapidly increasing reputation in all areas of public law. Supremely intelligent and grasps the facts and legal issues very quickly. – Legal 500, 2023

 

Anne-Marie advises individuals, deputies, charities and NGOs on the law governing the relationship between private individuals and organisations, and the government. She specialises in health and social care, mental capacity law, education law and environmental public law.

Judicial Review

Anne-Marie has a wide-ranging public law practice, with a focus on the rights of disabled people. She has brought numerous cases challenging decisions about eligibility for statutory support, Local Authority budget cuts and the closure of public services. Case highlights include:

Health and Social Care

Anne-Marie regularly advises clients on their eligibility for health and social care from Local Authorities and the NHS. She co-authors the community care law update for Legal Action Group magazine. Her recent cases include:

  • Securing a comprehensive package of short breaks for a disabled child and his family
  • Reinstating a package of care for a learning-disabled adult which had been withdrawn during the COVID-19 pandemic due to withdrawal of services
  • Successfully challenging the withdrawal of continuing healthcare from a young man with complex needs

In the area of healthcare and medical treatment, Anne-Marie has particular expertise in end of life care, consent, and cases involving the intersection of medical ethics and the law. Reported cases include:

Anne-Marie also advises patients when the NHS refuses to fund treatment, including providing advice on Individual Funding Requests for rare and complex treatments.

Court of Protection and Mental Capacity 

Anne-Marie has a wealth of experience in health and welfare cases in the Court of Protection and the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court, particularly in matters involving medical treatment and deprivation of liberty. She regularly advises clients in applications for personal welfare deputyship. She is an Accredited Legal Representative under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Scheme. She is able to advise on media attention in high-profile cases, including where there is a need for reporting restrictions and/or anonymity. Recent cases include:

  • Representing a learning-disabled man, to seek authorisation of a general anaesthetic needed to provide urgent podiatry treatment
  • Acting as Accredited Legal Representative for a woman with dementia who was deprived of her liberty, alongside her husband, after the Local Authority moved them from their family home of 50 years to a care home
  • Representing the family member of a learning-disabled woman, to challenge restrictions on their contact
  • Representing the family member of a learning-disabled man, seeking an order that it is in his best interests to move from supported living, to return to live with her

Reported judgments include:

Education 

Anne-Marie represents parents and individuals appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal regarding Education, Health and Care Plans (‘EHCP’) and assessments, supporting them to obtain suitable provision including additional 1:1 and therapy support and placements at specialist independent schools and colleges. Alongside her Tribunal work, Anne-Marie has acted for children in claims for judicial review relating to the allocation of public funding for special educational needs.

Environmental public law

Anne-Marie acts for Claimants in environmental litigation, including claims for judicial review and statutory review within the scope of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (the “Aarhus Convention”). She is a member of the Environmental Law Foundation pro bono scheme. Reported judgments include:

Anne-Marie has also conducted international trial monitoring with the Solicitors International Human Rights Group and the human rights NGO EuroMed Rights.

 

 

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