Steel & Shamash focus on many aspects of the needs of vulnerable members of society, and our Public Law team has a cross-practice capability to assist any department of the firm as the need arises, whatever the public law or human rights issue.
In 2009 alone we have coordinated judicial review challenges in the following areas:
Mental Health Law
All our work in this area is legally aided.
The main focus is on actions against local authorities, and the most common issues that arise concern 'needs assessments' and 'service provision'. We have particular experience in representing children and vulnerable adults, (often with uncertain immigration status) and a particular focus of our recent work has been in age assessments involving unaccompanied children seeking asylum. We also specialise in working with HIV+ clients, and we work with several charities in this context.
We can bring public law challenges on behalf of clients who have been channelled through the criminal justice system, and mental health system, including the following:
the review of Cautions
Parole Board hearings
Mental Health Tribunals and where there are issues of unfairness and delay within the Judicial system.
Important public law decisions successfully brought by the firm include:-
R (Sessay) v South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (2011) EWHC 2617 (QB)
R (PM) v Hertfordshire CC  EWHC 2056 (Admin)
R (C) v London Borough of Lambeth  EWHC 1230 (Admin)
R (MM) v London Borough of Lewisham  EWHC 416 (Admin)
R (Mendes & Anr) v Southwark London Borough Council  WLR (D) 108
M v East London NHS Foundation Trust CO/1065/2009
R (NA) v LB CROYDON  EWHC 2357 (Admin)
Our Public Law Team are:
Mr Chris Callender Email: firstname.lastname@example.org