LEADING IN HOUSING, SUPPORT AND RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Kate Whittaker

This page tells you about Kate Whittaker, an Associate Advisor on the H&SA team.Portrait photo of team member Kate WhittakerKate is a public law solicitor specialising in community care, mental health, mental capacity, disability discrimination, education and human rights law. 

She has acted for individuals and organisations in relation to a variety of cases, including helping patients and vulnerable individuals obtain health and community care support and appropriate education provision from the NHS, local authorities and social services.

Kate has brought and worked on judicial review cases on a broad range of public law and human rights matters, including a House of Lords case on the application of housing benefit legislation, and cases in the European Court of Justice, which include challenges both to European legislation and to the UK's implementation of European Legislation.

Kate co-wrote the guide Using the law to fight cuts to disabled people's services and has been involved in recent challenges to local authority budget cuts for breaching public sector equality duties. In addition, Kate has acted for clients in Court of Protection proceedings in relation to welfare matters, deprivation of liberty and other issues, including cases on instruction from the Official Solicitor or court-appointed deputies.

She has acted in appeals to the Social Security Commissioners and Upper Tribunal, including cases about tenancies for people who lack capacity, and about housing benefit for disabled people.

Kate offers training, advice and help with publications and information materials on a variety of public law topics including:

  • personalisation in health and social care
  • community care assessments and eligibility
  • continuing healthcare and the health/social care divide
  • public sector equality duties
  • the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty safeguards.
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