Warwick Norris
  • Location: London City Office
  • Role: Assistant Solicitor
  • Practice Area: Community Care

Education and Qualifications:

  • 2007 – LLB Law (University of Hull)
  • 2009 – Legal Practice Course (College of Law)
  • 2014 – Qualified solicitor

Professional history:

  • 2012 – 2014 – Trainee Solicitor, Maxwell Gillott
  • 2014 – 2015 – Solicitor, Community Care, Public Law and Education, Maxwell Gillott Solicitors
  • Present – Solicitor, Public Law and Community Care, GT Stewart Solicitors

Prior to working as a lawyer, Warwick worked at Hull University Union as Vice-President (Welfare) where he had responsibility for leading and organising student campaigns and services relating to student welfare.

Before starting his solicitor training, Warwick worked as a paralegal in the family law department at Fisher Meredith LLP specialising in divorce, financial remedies and private law children cases.

Warwick trained and qualified at Maxwell Gillott where he specialised in community care, public law, Court of Protection and education cases.
Warwick joined GT Stewart Solicitors in March 2015.

Role:

Warwick advises and represents individuals and groups seeking to challenge public body decisions. He is experienced in bringing judicial review proceedings, human rights challenges and complaints regarding social care support for children in need and disabled adults, education provision and decisions made by government departments.

Warwick frequently receives referrals from advocates, support and campaign organisations and charities to challenge public body decisions and policies which affect asylum seekers, refugees, EU nationals, unaccompanied children, care leavers, disabled adults, adults and children with mental health difficulties and families with no recourse to public funds.

Warwick also acts in Court of Protection cases where there are disputes regarding mental capacity, ‘best interests’ and challenges to standard and urgent authorisations under Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) which authorise a deprivation of liberty in a care home or hospital. Warwick acts for both relatives and protected parties who are referred to him by advocacy groups and the Official Solicitor.

In education law, Warwick has experience in representing parents and young people in relation to the provision of suitable education. Warwick provides advice on all aspects of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and in bringing appeals to the special educational needs and disability tribunal.

Due to his specialist expertise, Warwick has provided training to organisations regarding the crossover between the Court of Protection and legal challenges brought through judicial review proceedings on behalf of individuals who lack mental capacity.

Warwick had conduct of the reported case with Amara Ahmad of BM v London Borough of Hackney [2016] EWHC 3338  which related to a judicial review challenge to a local authority’s unlawful decision refusing to re-assess age.

The current edition of the Legal 500 under the ‘Court of Protection’ category:

Assistant solicitor Warwick Norris is ‘a tremendous and dynamic force’, and ‘very bright and polite’.

  

 

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