Successful outcome for client with terminal cancer who Home Office refused to support

Scott Laing – solicitor in our Public Law & Community Care Department – recently represented a vulnerable man who had been refused support and accommodation by the Home office.

Our client was incredibly vulnerable, blind in one eye and only able to walk short distances along with suffering from metastatic pancreatic cancer and undergoing palliative chemotherapy for this. Notwithstanding our client’s substantial health issues, the Secretary of State failed to consider an urgent application for support to be provided.

As a result, urgent Judicial Review proceedings were issued and an immediate order made that the client and his family be provided support and accommodation. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the matter as the family were placed over 2 hours away from our client’s hospital which he attended on a daily basis. However, following further representations, the matter was successfully resolved and additional support was offered.

Bhatia Best has one of the UK’s leading Public Law & Community Care departments and we are one of a small number of specialist firms which has been awarded a Legal Aid contract to undertake Public Law work.
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