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Stuart is the joint head of our Public Law and Community Care Department. He is a Public Law and Community Care specialist. Stuart has over 13 years of experience in Judicial Review work, challenging the unfair exercise and abuse of power by public authorities, human rights breaches and discrimination. In 2017 Stuart was awarded the prestigious Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award for his work and success representing Age Disputed Children.
Stuart has acted for claimants in judicial review and civil claims against all limbs of the state and frequently appears and represents client’s in the High Court, Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. Stuart has been instrumental in developing key caselaw establishing fundamental rights and duties for an on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Stuart has experience in bringing claims against a wide range of public bodies and organisations on issues with include Brexit, Social Services obligations under the Children Act 1989, the powers of the state to access personal data (DRIPA/RIPA), the asylum support regime, the detention and removal of children, age disputes and local authorities powers to terminate services under the Children Act for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
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