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Warwick Norris

Consultant

w.norris@gtstewart.co.uk
020 8299 6000

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 and health treatment.

Warwick frequently receives referrals from advocacy services, support and campaign organisations and charities to challenge public body decisions and policies which affect care support for vulnerable individuals and groups. His clients include asylum seekers, refugees, EU nationals, unaccompanied age-disputed children, children in need of accommodation, 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 the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) framework 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 age disputes and 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 in which in refused to re-assess the age of a vulnerable young person.

The firm’s Court of Protection team has been ranked in the Legal 500 Directory since 2016. Warwick has received the following reviews in the Legal 500:

From the 2018-19 Legal 500 Directory, Court of Protection category:

“Assistant solicitor Warwick Norris ‘combines both a strategic application of the law with also being able to work with the most traumatised and vulnerable clients with empathy and compassion’. Areas of expertise include advising clients who are deprived of their liberty and the human rights issues that flow from this in particular under Article 5 and 8 of the ECHR.”

From the 2017-18 Legal 500 Directory, Court of Protection category:

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

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 law cases.

Warwick joined GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates in March 2015.

Education and Qualifications:

2007 – LLB Law (University of Hull)

2009 – Legal Practice Course (College of Law)

2014 – Qualified solicitor

Social Welfare, Court of Protection, Public Law, Education Law

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