I represented a deafblind man with physical disabilities.
When I visited his care home, he had been left in his wheelchair in a dark room without any staff members. I reviewed his records and realised he had never been taken outside. We challenged this in court.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, staff regularly support him to spend time outside and the local authority do regular unscheduled checks on the care home.
I represented a single parent who was struggling to look after her children.
The local authority sent her a letter saying they would start court proceedings to remove her children. I supported her during a meeting with social workers and helped her to explain all the steps she had taken to improve her parenting.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, her children will live with her and the family will continue to receive support from the local authority.
I represented a teenage refugee from a war-torn country who claimed asylum in the UK.
My client was assessed by the local authority to be an adult, despite documentary evidence that he was a child.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I was able to successfully challenge the age assessment, and the local authority accepted my client’s claimed age. This meant he could go back to school and be looked after as a child.
I represented an elderly woman with dementia who was placed in a care home by her local council.
She wanted to return to live at her own home, rather than being in a care home.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I was able to persuade the local council that it was in her best interests to live in her own home.