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Rook Irwin Sweeney continues to grow with appointment of specialist education Partner

Public Law and Human Rights firm Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP continues its growth with the appointment of education law specialist Caroline Barrett, who joins the firm as a Partner. Caroline will be based in Cambridge and will advise clients nationwide on a range of public law and human rights matters, with a particular focus on education law.   She is also ranked as a ‘rising star’ in the Legal 500 for her work in the Court of Protection.

Caroline’s appointment sees the firm grow to five lawyers, following its launch by Partners Alex Rook, Anne-Marie Irwin and Polly Sweeney in April 2020. The firm also recruited public law specialist Alice Cullingworth in July 2020, who is based in Bristol.

Since its launch at the height of the first national lockdown, the firm has acted in a string of high-profile public law and human rights cases, many involving the protection of rights during the pandemic.

Recognised by the legal directories as “extremely efficient and knowledgeable on Special Educational Needs matters”, Caroline is also “singled out for her expertise in health and social care, as well as her Court of Protection practice.”

Polly Sweeney, founding Partner, Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP:

“We are delighted to welcome Caroline to Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP. Caroline is a talented lawyer who brings in-depth expertise across the full range of public law and human rights work and will allow us to meet growing client demand for education law advice.  We look forward to working together as we continue to ensure that our clients’ legal rights are protected.”

Caroline Barrett, Partner, Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP:

“Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP has already developed an impressive reputation for bringing cases which achieve positive change for their clients. I’m very excited to be joining the firm within its first year and I’m looking forward to contributing to the development of the practice.”

About Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP

Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP was founded in 2020 and is a law firm specialising in public law and human rights, accessible nationally across England and Wales. Our professional expertise includes health and social care, Court of Protection, human rights, judicial review, education and commercial public law advice.  Our offices are centrally located in London, with solicitors based in London, Bristol and Cambridge.

For further information, please contact:

Samantha Patrick, Consultant Practice Manager



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