Members of Monckton Chambers have acted in many of the leading social care cases of the past decade. The team has very significant experience of cases in the higher courts, including the Supreme Court. Leading social care cases in which members of chambers have featured include R (G) v Southwark LBC (duties to homeless teenagers), R (KM) v Cambridgeshire CC (resource allocation to disabled adults) and R (McDonald) v RB Kensington and Chelsea / McDonald v UK (obligations to provide care in accordance with human dignity).
The team advises and represents individual claimants, charities and NGOs, private companies in the social care sector and public authorities. It includes authors of leading Legal Action Group publications, Children in Need: Local Authority Support for Children and Families and Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook. The team is well placed to advise on issues arising from the major legislative reforms of 2014, particularly the Children and Families Act which creates a new system of for disabled children with special educational needs and the Care Act which significantly amends the statutory entitlements to care for disabled adults.
Commercial clients operating in social care can also benefit from chambers’ wider expertise, for example in relation to procurement disputes.