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Irwin Mitchell

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Alex Rook

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Irwin Mitchell

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Public law.


As a partner specialising in community care, mental capacity, disability discrimination, human rights law and general public law, Alex is regularly instructed to bring judicial review cases to secure proper assessments and services for vulnerable children and adults. He is also regularly instructed by the official solicitor, as well as families and advocates, to act on behalf of vulnerable adults who lack capacity to make decisions regarding their health and welfare in proceedings in the Court of Protection, and was invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He was The Times' Lawyer of the Week on 1/12/2011, following the successful judicial review against the Isle of Wight’s eligibility criteria for adult social care. Among his notable cases Alex acted for the successful appellant in the first Supreme Court case to consider public law consultation duties (R (on the application of Moseley (Appellant) v London Borough of Haringey (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 56).


Trained Irwin Mitchell; qualified 2006; set up public law team in 2007; partner 2013 to date. Previously project co-ordinator of the Kawempe Youth Library 2000-2002. Publications of note: 'Capacity to Marry and Marriages Abroad', Yogi Amin and Alex Rook (Solicitors Journal); 'Court of Protection for Public Lawyers', Nick Armstrong and Alex Rook (Judicial Review, Volume 17, Number 1, March 2012 , pp. 28-35(8) Hart Publishing); The wrong key (June 2010) - 'As the press celebrates the Court of Protection's coming out party, Barbara Hewson and Alex Rook pondered how long its 15 minutes of fame will last.'


Collingwood Secondary School, Camberley, Surrey; Leeds University (1995-1998 History - 2:1).


Married with two wonderful children; an avid Spurs fan.

London: Private client

Court of protection

Within: Court of protection

Irwin Mitchell¬†has a ‚Äėsubstantial team nationally that has real depth‚Äô.¬†Julia Lomas¬†heads the team , which includes the ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô Alex Rook¬† and Bristol-based Polly Sweeney. Sheffield-based Yogi Amin¬† is ‚Äėa very experienced public law litigator and a good judge of a case‚Äô. Associate Anne-Marie Irwin¬†is also ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô. The team acts as professional deputy or trustee on many complex and high-value cases involving multimillion-pound funds.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Irwin Mitchell is noted for 'often being ground breaking in the sense of winning important cases'. It acts for campaigning groups and individuals on a broad range of issues and is increasingly handling  cases against various NHS trusts concerned with the closure of facilities. In one example, it is representing a group of clients in a second set of judicial reviews concerning the withdrawal of funding by Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group for a respite care centre. It is also acting for an individual in a landmark  case concerning assisted suicide  in which it is claimed that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with the individual's rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Yogi Amin heads the team which includes Alex Rook who is acknowledged for being 'extremely able in the fields of social care and public law.' Polly Sweeney , who heads a team in Bristol, has a focus on health and education issues affecting children and young people with disabilities.

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