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Alison Millar

Work 020 7650 1200
Leigh Day

Work Department

Human rights.


Alison Millar works in the human rights department at Leigh Day. She specialises in human rights law and is also an experienced clinical negligence lawyer. She has a particular interest in education law and in particular cases concerning children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. She regularly assists parents with First-Tier Tribunal appeals, including those relating to children with complex needs where an independent specialist school placement is sought. Alison and her team have successfully appealed to gain placements for children and young people in specialist schools including Dame Hannah Rogers School; East Court School; Ingfield Manor School; Northease Manor School; St Dominic’s School, Hambledon; and Treloar School, as well as supported mainstream and split mainstream/specialist school placements. She also assists with appeals to the Upper Tribunal and actions for judicial review of local authority decisions. She has acted in a number of claims alleging religious discrimination in school, including cases concerning the wearing of religious symbols and access to prayer facilities in school. Alison also has expertise in claims for disability discrimination in education and arising out of the provision of goods and services. Drawing on her background in clinical negligence litigation, Alison acts in cases involving access to health care and medical ethics. She represented the family of a woman in PVS in a successful application to the Court of Protection for a declaration authorising the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. She has acted for individuals who have been abused or neglected in health or social care, and this year settled cases for a number of people who were treated at the private Hospital, Winterbourne View, which was closed following the revelation by BBC Panorama of systemic abuse of patients there by staff. Alison has several ongoing instructions for mistreatment of individuals in health and social care placements and in a specialist school, including cases where unlawful deprivation of liberty is being alleged. She is investigating a possible group action for individuals who suffered sexual abuse in a residential school for children with behavioural difficulties. Alison represented the Claimant in the case of AMK v Central & North West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Kensington & Chelsea RLBC, which concerned the duties owed towards patients receiving aftercare under section 117 of the Mental Health Act. She has considerable experience of assisting families through the inquest process. She represented the family of Ranger Michael Maguire, whom a jury decided, at the conclusion of a 3-week inquest, had been unlawfully killed in a training exercise in Wales. She also recently represented the family of a young woman who died unexpectedly of a sudden cardio-respiratory arrest whilst being treated under the Mental Health Act; the Coroner at the conclusion of the inquest wrote to the Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists and Physicians because of concern that an idiosyncratic reaction to prescribed anti-psychotic medication was a possible cause of the death and there appeared to be a lack of relevant guidance. Alison’s team also recently concluded an inquest where the Coroner found that there had been failings in communication with relatives causing them significant distress over a decision to place a man on an end of life care pathway. She has also negotiated settlements for compensation under the Human Rights Act where an individual has died in circumstances where there has been a potential violation in European Convention rights. Alison also has considerable expertise of community care law, and has represented service users and their families in challenges to various unlawful policies and processes, including a Council’s framework for determining entitlement to disabled children’s services, which, following the legal action, was then reviewed by the Council for Disabled Children. In addition to acting for individuals and families, Alison also provides legal advice and assistance to a number of charities and voluntary organisations including Beatbullying, the Henry Spink Foundation, the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Newlife and the Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases.


Called 1995; completed pupillage and practised as a tenant 2 Crown Office Row Chambers (now 4 New Square); qualified as a solicitor 2000; trained Leigh Day; partner 2006 to date.


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Liberty; qualified community mediator and volunteer, Camden Community Mediation Service.

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