I represented a severely disabled man who had both mental ill health and spina bifida.
His social landlord had accused him of anti-social behaviour and was seeking an injunction, with power of arrest if he breached the injuction. If the injuction was granted, the landlord would then be able to get possession of the property and the judge would have to make a possession order.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I was able to examine the allegations against my client and get an expert report which confirmed that, because of his spina bifida, he could not have done what he was accused of doing by the landlord. The housing association agreed to withdraw the injuction application and were convinced that the allegations were coming from a disgruntled neighbour.
I represented a woman from Poland who suffered from a severe brain injury and physical disabilities after a car accident.
The local authority said she was not entitled to care because she was Polish. We argued that this would be a breach of her human rights.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, we successfully challenged this decision and she continues to receive care in the UK.
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 young man with autism.
The man was non-verbal but when I went to visit him, he proudly showed me his old school certificates. This included awards for making a sandwich and a cup of tea. We asked the local authority to arrange further education for him to develop his skills.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, he is starting a new course and will soon have new certificates to show off.