Niresha Umaichelvam

Housing and Social Welfare

Niresha joined our firm in February 2022 as a Solicitor specialising in Community Care and Court of Protection matters.

Niresha has experience in assisting vulnerable clients with disabilities obtain support from local authorities and public bodies. Where such services are not forthcoming or are unlawfully terminated, Niresha pursues challenges against such bodies including judicial review proceedings. Prior to joining the team, Niresha has had roles as a Community Care and Court of Protection Solicitor and as a Family and Child Solicitor.

Niresha has a strong passion for human rights, social welfare and gender equality; and strives to ensure that all of her clients are treated with dignity and respect. Niresha is a committee member of the Law Society’s Women’s Lawyers Division which promotes inclusion and diversity within the legal profession.

Niresha has also attained her Civil Higher Rights of Audience allowing her to practise as a Solicitor-Advocate, offering her clients representation at Court.

Experience & Areas of Expertise

Niresha provides advice and deals with all community law cases, including the following:

  • Matters relating to Care Act 2014 – obtaining support services and referrals, assessments, reviews and reassessments, and challenges to local authorities/ public bodies when services are terminated;
  • Direct payments and commissioned payments;
  • Carer’s assessments;
  • Assisting clients obtain placements in residential or community based living;
  • Young people, children in need and social services assistance;
  • Helping young people, care leavers and looked after children progress and transition into adulthood, including safeguarding their rights to accommodation;
  • Children in need assessments;
  • Human rights assessments;
  • Complaints to social services (for both children and adults), challenges against public bodies and judicial review proceedings, and
  • Court of Protection matters for clients who lack mental capacity.
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