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‘Well-being’ principle in judicial review case – Care Act 2014


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The High Court has recently handed down judgement in R (on the application of JF acting through his mother and litigation friend KF) v The London Borough of Merton [2017] EWHC 1519 (Admin).

The case concerned a judicial review claim against the content of needs assessment under the Care Act 2014.

It was conducted by a local authority for a young adult with very severe and complex care needs.

It also concerned a challenge against the local authority’s decision to transfer the young adult to an alternative care home.

The judicial review claim succeeded on both grounds.

The Claimant was represented by Alex Line of Outer Temple Chambers.

This case is a recent and important example of a successful challenge to a needs assessment under the new statutory regime, and of the application of the ‘well-being’ principle in section 1 of the Care Act 2014 as an effective litigation device.

The full transcript of the judgement can be found here.


Barristers: Alexander Line
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