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Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Human Rights and Public Law


Oliver is a solicitor specialising in children’s rights, community care, public law and court of protection (health and welfare). His work in children’s rights consists mainly of representing children in bringing judicial review proceedings under the Children Act 1989, but he has also represented children on a number of human rights issues.

Oliver also represents vulnerable adults in the court of protection in s16 and s21A proceedings, and brings public law challenges against public bodies to ensure that they are receiving the services that they need. This includes damages claims.

Significant recent cases include:

WB & W v SSJ [2014] on the impact of a baby separated from it’s mother in prison.

C v Walsall MBC [2017], challenging a child’s inclusion on the child protection register.

Article 39 v DFE on the challenge of a Department for Education ’Myth Busting’ guide on looked after children and care leavers.

Poole LBC v GN [2019] UKSC 25, acting pro bono for two intervening charities on the impact of the issues before the court on looked after children and care leavers.

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London > Public sector > Healthcare

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.

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

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.