*sm* Administrative Court – Pro Bono – Application for Permission to apply for Judicial Review - Public Funding Refusal – Court of Protection*em*
Case involved an application for permission to apply for judicial review of a final decision by the Legal Services Commission (now: Legal Aid Agency) to refuse to grant public funding, or legal aid, to the close relative of a young man with very considerable mental and physical impairment and disability, in proceedings in the Court of Protection. Although the application was dismissed, Mr Justice Holman publicly thanked Duncan Lewis and Miss Bretherton, counsel, for acting for the claimant entirely pro bono, that is, free of any charge. Mr Justice Holman concluded:
I thank them for that public service.
Before I conclude this judgment I would like most sincerely to thank both Duncan Lewis, the solicitors, and Miss Bretherton, their counsel, both of whom have acted entirely pro bono, that is, free of any charge. I thank them for that public service
Angela Smith, Solicitor for the Applicant