Bindmans has a commitment stretching back over 45 years to using the law to promote social justice and protect the rights of disabled, unwell, vulnerable and older people.
Our Community Care and Health Services team is recognised for its expertise in this vital field, offering a comprehensive, sympathetic and high-quality service. If you, a relative or a person you are caring for – are not getting the services or care you are entitled to receive or are being wrongly charged for services, we can offer expert help.
We can advise on what you are entitled to and ensure that mistakes made by local councils, primary care trusts and health authorities are put right. We know that getting the right help from social services and the NHS is vital for many people to be able to lead lives which are as full and dignified as possible. Where appropriate, we will enforce rights in the courts, using judicial review and other legal remedies.
We are highly experienced in acting for older people, people with physical or learning disabilities, mental health problems, those with HIV and AIDS, and asylum-seekers. Besides acting for individuals, we advise charities and voluntary organisations on how to bring test cases or intervene in key litigation.
We have also acted in a number of group actions on behalf of elderly, frail and vulnerable people to oppose the closure of homes and day centres. Our community care and health services lawyers can provide bespoke training on the relevant law to organisations’ staff and volunteers.
Examples of cases include:
- Access to information and records
- Failure to carry out community care assessments
- Failure to provide adequately for care needs following assessment
- Withdrawal and reduction of community care services
- Charging disputes
- Provision of services to people leaving the hospital after accident/injury
- Aftercare services following discharge from detention under Mental Health Act
- Healthcare rationing and closure of residential homes, day centres & specialist clinics
- Breaches of the Human Rights Act because of delays in the provision of services
- Court of Protection work, including on behalf of the Official Solicitor