I represented a very young woman with serious learning difficulties and some mental health problems.
She was being emotionally, verbally and financially abused by her father who had power of attorney, meaning all of her benefits were handled by him. She had fled and was homeless.
THANKS TO LEGAL AID, I drafted a letter to the local authority homelessness service outlining their legal duties. She was placed in a hostel that night and moved into supported accommodation within 7 days.
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.