Challenging financial decisions affecting vulnerable people

Date: Monday 31 October 2011

Time: Monday 31 October 2011 from 18:30 to 20:00

Venue: 53-54 Doughty Street Chambers, London, WC1N 2LS

Speakers: Kate Markus QC

CPD: 1.5 Points

Fee: Free

This seminar will look in the round at the ways in which lawyers acting for disabled and vulnerable people can challenge financial decisions by local authorities and health bodies. In particular, the seminar will cover:

- Challenges to budget-setting by public authorities - the power of the equality duties and the limits of the court's powers to intervene
- Challenges to insufficient funding allocations, for example direct payments in community care - the requirement to link funding and assessed needs
- Challenges to refusals to fund by the NHS
- Challenges to charging decisions - how to stop the state from reducing disabled people to poverty by excessive charges for essential services

The seminar will be chaired by Kate Markus. Kate, has extensive experience in challenging adverse financial decisions affecting vulnerable people and will review the recent case law and give practical suggestions for future challenges. The seminar will deal with both the substantive law and procedural issues - including timing and funding of claims and the role of NGO interventions.

To reserve your place on this seminar, please fill in and return a completed boking (click here to open), by post to Training Coordinator, Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS - DX 223 chancery lane or by email to

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