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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.

She has a wide-ranging public law and human rights practice, including challenges to central and local government, health and social care policy and decision making, and planning and environmental law. She has significant experience in welfare cases in the Court of Protection, with a particular emphasis on medical treatment and end of life decisions, and is an Accredited Legal Representative under the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Scheme.

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 also a trustee of the Globe Community Project, a charity working with communities in east London, and has conducted international trial monitoring and reporting with the Solicitors International Human Rights Group and EuroMed Rights.

Anne-Marie’s reported cases include:

R (Sofia Sheakh) v London Borough of Lambeth [2021] EWHC 1745 (Admin) – which considered the validity of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods created in response to the pandemic, and compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

AB v CD & others [2021] EWHC 741 (Fam) – in which the High Court affirmed the general right of parents to consent to medical treatment on behalf of their children and confirmed that there is no general exception where the treatment is of transgender children with puberty blockers.

Simone & ors v Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Education [2019] EWHC 2609 (Admin) – a 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 judicial review 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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