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Dr Keith Lomax qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and specialises in line with his long standing commitment to human rights and public law challenges. For over 30 years he has been challenging public authorities for people who feel that their rights have been violated.

Keith’s public law work over a long period of time was nationally recognised and rewarded with Winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award (LALY award) 2017.

Most of his work is conducted in the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal, with some cases reaching the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, and the European Court of Human Rights.

He specialises in appeals for professionals suspended or struck off by regulatory bodies.

He acts in education cases, defended the eviction from Dale Farm, and he brings judicial review claims against the Home Office for asylum seekers and refugees. DBS disclosure can be the kiss of death to employment prospects and Keith pursues human rights concerning disclosure of police information and convictions.

Based in Yorkshire, Keith is no supporter of ‘borders’ and acts for people across the country. He was a partner in the Leeds firm ‘Davies Gore Lomax’ from 2000 – 2012 and then a consultant solicitor based in Leeds, and currently working with the Bristol firm, Watkins Solicitors.

He also enjoys gardening and growing organic veg, helping to run a smallholding with sheep and poultry, helps with a local food and craft cooperative, he keeps bees and throws pots. It’s all work, it’s all life - not so much a question of work/life balance, but just doing things that are worthwhile that matters!

 

A vision for Colden

Colden Junior and Infant school is a small rural primary set in a beautiful location in the Pennines. Following a significant leadership change at the school, the Governing Body were keen to develop a long-term strategy to ensure the sustainability of the school and to firmly articulate its values in the light of current education policy.

Colden school brochure

I developed a process which provided not only extensive consultation with stakeholders around their vision for the school but also a strong sense of ownership of the outcomes by the whole school community.

Parents, pupils, staff and governors attended a Saturday morning workshop where they engaged in a range of activities which promoted consideration of the future world the children of today will grow up in, and identified the values, attitudes, skills and capabilities they would need to thrive.  Random selection from each stakeholder group ensured that a wide range of voices were represented – not just the ‘usual suspects’.flip chart

The outputs from the day were collated into a vision and mission statement for the school. This now provides a clear sense of direction. The vision statement has since been used as the starting point for a ‘Theory of Change’ approach to strategy development. Further stakeholder engagement activities have helped the Governing Body to develop the strategy and action plan for the coming years.

The vision has also been illustrated by pupils to provide a very attractive marketing tool.

 

Awards

  • Keith Lomax, Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Litigation Award (Litigation) 2004<
  • Davies Gore Lomax, Finalist in 2008, Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2008
  • Davies Gore Lomax, Finalist, Liberty Human Rights Awards 2011.
  • Keith Lomax, winner, Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award (Public Law) 2017
Presentation of the LALY Award in Public Law 2017 by Baroness Lawrence
Presentation of the LALY Award in Public Law 2017 by Baroness Lawrence

Nomination extracts for the LALY Award in Public Law 2017:

“Keith Lomax’s distinguishing characteristics are an absolute determination to do his best for his clients, a real sense of compassion, with a keen legal mind and enormous intellectual ability. You can guarantee that if there is a point that is arguable, Keith will pursue it. If there is a case to be made, Keith will argue it…”

“I have always felt that Keith really, really cares: you feel like he likes his clients, that he understands them and that he empathises with them. Yet he remains professional and has never lost the ability to recognise when a case or a point no longer has sufficient merit.”

Acceptance speech for the LALY Award in Public Law 2017
Acceptance speech for the LALY Award in Public Law 2017

Qualifications

  • B.Sc (Hons) 1971 – Earth Sciences
  • Ph.D. 1975 – Geophysics
  • Common Professional Examination 1984
  • Solicitors’ Final Examination 1987
  • Solicitor’s Practising Certificates held continuously since January 1988

Qualifications

  • PRINCE2:2017® - Foundations and Practitioner levels: 2017, BCS
  • Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Level 3): 2012, OCR
  • Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (Level 3): 2012, OCR
  • Master of Arts: Interactive Multimedia Production: 2003, Huddersfield University
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons): Mathematics and Computer Studies (First class): 1997, Open University
  • Diploma in Computing, 1994, Open University

Notable cases

Alhy v GMC [2011] EWHC 2277 (Admin) (Article 6, English law, France, the right to defend)

Adesina v NMC, Baines v NMC [2013] EWCA Civ 818 (Article 6, strictness of time limits)

Brew v GMC [2014] EWHC 2927 (Admin)

Connors v United Kingdom [2004] 40 EHRR 9; [2004] HLR 52 (Art 8, possession)

Dunn & Another v Bradford MDC; Marston & another v Leeds CC [2002] EWCA Civ 1137; [2003] HLR 15: (meaning of "execution of the order", s85(2) Housing Act 1985, estoppel)

Ige v Nursing & Midwifery Council [2011] EWHC 3721 (Admin)

JL v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWCA Civ 449 (Article 8, enforcement)

Jordan v Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government [2008] EWHC 3307 (Admin). (Article 8, planning permission)

Kay & Others v Lambeth LBC; Price & Others v Leeds CC [2006] UKHL 10; [2006] 2 AC 465 (Article 8, possession)

Lusinga v Nursing & Midwifery Council [2017] EWHC 1458 (Admin), dishonesty, balance of public interest.

McCarthy, Culligan, Coyle, Taylor & Others v Basildon District Council v Equality & Human Rights Commission [2008] EWHC 987 (Admin) (Dale Farm, discrimination, Article 8, possession

Basildon District Council v McCarthy & Ors, Culligan & Ors, Coyle & Ors, Taylor & Ors v Equality & Human Rights Commission [2009] EWCA Civ 13 (Dale Farm, Article 8, possession)

McGlinchey v United Kingdom (2003) 37 E.H.R.R. 41 ECtHR, (Article 3, prison death)

'O' v Secretary of State for Education and NCTL [2014] EWHC 22 (Admin)EWHC 22 (Admin)

O v Nursing & Midwifery Council [2015] EWHC 2949 (Admin)

Ogbonna v Nursing & Midwifery Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1216 (Article 6, hearsay evidence)

Paulet v United Kingdom (2015) 61 E.H.R.R. 39 (Art 1 Protocol 1, confiscation order, proceeds of crime)

R v Leeds Magistrates™ Court [2005] EWHC 1479 (Admin), [2005] ELR 589, (Art.8, education, bullying)

R (M) v (1) Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs & Lord Chancellor, [2004] EWCA Civ 312 (Article 6, ASBO)

(R (P) & Ors) - R (W) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department, The Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 321

R (MS) v Independent Monitor & Anr [2016] EWHC 655 (Admin) (DBS disclosure, police information)

R (RK) v S Yorkshire Police and Disclosure and Barring Service, [2013] EWHC 1555 (Admin) (CRB, DBS, Enhanced Disclosure Certificate, Safeguarding)

Rustamova v The Governing Body of Calder High School UKEAT:0284:11:ZT ('Miss Rusty', teacher, employment)

San Michael College v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 1336 (UKBA, Tier 4, Protocol 1 Art.1)

Sheridan & Others v Basildon Borough Council [2012] EWCA Civ 335; HLR 29

Kathleen Slattery v Basildon BC [2014] EWCA Civ 30 (QB) (Compulsory purchase, Art.8 and Protocol 1 Art.1)

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profileJulie has many years’ experience working in the co-operative movement and is strongly committed to the values of mutualism and solidarity. She enjoys bringing creative and engaging approaches to any challenge and helping empower others to find their own solutions.

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