Yogi Amin > Irwin Mitchell > Sheffield, England > Lawyer Profile
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Partner and national head of public law.
Expertise in judicial review, human rights, medical ethics, disputes and court of protection and commercial and procurement public law matters. Extensive experience in conducting successful judicial review cases in relation to a wide range of public functions: social services, healthcare, housing, education, criminal justice and prison law. Nationally recognised as a leading practitioner in public law and human rights law. Advises and litigates in a wide range of public law and civil liberties work, acting for individuals, institutions and businesses.
Specialises in the healthcare and community care fields. Has negotiated settlements of care packages and obtained interim High Court injunctive orders in judicial review proceedings. Has advised on fair access to care services, eligibility criteria and charging policies. Has acted in proceedings involving a number of local authorities and healthcare trusts in England & Wales, most notably in the high-profile Herceptin litigation in 2006 (Rogers v Swindon PCT). Has acted in a number of challenges brought against an NHS PCT’s decision of refusal to fund life-saving treatment. Instructed to act in life-sustaining medical treatment and withdrawal of treatment cases. Was instructed by the family bringing the first application to the Courts for withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration to end the life of a minimally conscious patient (the high profile case of W v M ) raising right to life/die issues and obtaining the first privacy injunctions, including orders against social media sites.
Led the team instructed by the Patients Association invited as core representatives in the Mid Stafford health public inquiry and is regularly instructed by leading national charities for strategic interventions in public law litigation. Leads a national team of lawyers undertaking public law health and social care work. In the last few years, Yogi has become heavily involved in adult welfare/medical treatment proceedings brought by local authorities and health trusts, mainly acting for the official solicitor in declaratory High Court or Court of Protection proceedings, or guardianship proceedings, in the county courts, involving individuals who may lack capacity to manage their affairs and decide on welfare, residence, contact and healthcare matters themselves. Has chaired negotiation meetings in this area. Advises on disability and elderly client issues.
Has advised and represented individual clients, care homes, charities and other institutions on public law matters including the Equality Act 2010, Mental Health Act 2007 and the Human Rights Act. With the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act and developments in human rights law, Yogi has been involved in training events both internally and externally. Was recognised for his legal aid work and named ‘Social and Welfare Lawyer of the Year’.
Qualified 1998; Amphlett Lissimore, London; Irwin Mitchell 2000 to date, associate 2004, partner 2007.
Administrative Law Bar Association; Human Rights Lawyers Association; Trustee of the Independent Living Funds (ILF); DWP sponsored NDPB.
Irwin Mitchell often acts for further educations institutions and multi-academy trusts, as well as their CEOs and headteachers. Led by Jenny Arrowsmith, the team covers a range of services but is particularly strong in matters with employment law connections; it handles employment tribunal claims, GDPR issues and subject access requests, as well as student matters including special educational needs work, safeguarding mandates, admission and exclusion issues, and parental complaints. Yogi Amin is knowledgeable in contentious matters.
Irwin Mitchell has expertise with regards to special educational needs, disability discrimination and judicial reviews. Part of the practice’s work as a result has involved challenges to school transport policies, home education and exam awards. Head of public law and human rights Yogi Amin advises on policy matters and conducts tribunal and judicial review cases regarding school closures, education transport and safeguarding children. Angela Jackman specialises in mental capacity, education and human rights cases, and was appointed as an honorary KC in 2021 – she joined from Simpson Millar LLP in September 2021.
At Irwin Mitchell, the group is able to leverage the strength of ten city centre offices focusing on health and social care work to carve out a strong reputation for itself at the intersection of mental health and social services issues with human rights; this specialised offering is particularly attractive to disability charities referring claims under the Equality and Human Rights Acts. Within the firm, ‘each member of the team brings a different style and expertise‘ – from ‘giant in the field‘ Yogi Amin, who heads up the practice, to ‘standout‘ associate Gus Silverman, to noted senior associate Fiona McGhie. The arrival of Angela Jackman from Simpson Millar LLP in September 2021 served to further shore up the department’s capabilities.
Irwin Mitchell is regularly involved in complex cases invoking the Human Rights and Equality Acts, acting against public bodies and challenging secondary legislation brought in as a result of Covid-19. Yogi Amin is the national head of the public law team, specialising in judicial review, Human Rights Act cases and mental capacity law. Oliver Studdert specialises in children’s rights, community care and Court of Protection cases. Rebecca Chapman is experienced in mental capacity law, assisting to alleviate the issues clients experience with accessing appropriate medical care.
Irwin Mitchell fields a large and long established team that ‘provides excellent client care’ in both property and affairs as well as health and welfare matters. Lucy Nicol and Yogi Amin lead a team of ‘high quality individuals’ that supports more than 1,500 clients nationwide and in excess of 1,250 deputyships. It is ‘full of talented individuals’ who advise on all aspects of court of protection from litigated best interests disputes to powers of attorney. In addition it acts as professional deputy or trustee on many complex high-value cases involving multi-million pound funds and manages in excess of £1.5bn of protected parties assets. Its public law and human rights team helps clients on many issues such as where a person should live or serious medical treatment matters. Angela Jackman KC joined the team from Simpson Millar LLP. The firm ‘deserves its excellent reputation in this area as clients receive a comprehensive, efficient and highly professional service’, not least from experienced practitioners Damian Hodkinson and Joanna Grewer.
The public law and human rights department at Irwin Mitchell is heavily involved in a range of disputes over medical care issues, including medical treatment decisions, right to life, Court of Protection disputes, physical and psychological abuse and funding disputes. Yogi Amin leads the team and specialises in equality duties, medical ethics, mental capacity and safeguarding. Mathieu Culverhouse specialises in patient rights and community care, while Oliver Studdert specialises in children’s rights. Angela Jackman recently joined the team and has expertise in mental capacity, education and human rights.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Finance > Banking and finance
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
- Real estate > Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
- Public sector > Education
- Employment > Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
- Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
- Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms