Stephen Lodge

Stephen specialises in Public Law, Community Care and Human Rights work.

Stephen Lodge is one of the founding partners of Public Law Solicitors. He qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and worked at Tyndallwoods Solicitors for a number of years specialising initially in employment and discrimination work and later in public law, before helping to found Public Law Solicitors in 2003.

Stephen has particular interest and experience in the following areas:-

• Community Care
• Access to Health Services
• Public Law issues relating to trans-gendered people including obtaining gender re-assignment treatment
• Public Law issues relating to services to disabled children and care leavers, including those in prison.

Stephen was the solicitor in leading case on requirements of a rational health policy in relation to procurement of gender re-assignment treatment. (A, D & G v North West Lancashire Health Authority [2000] 1 WLR in the Court of Appeal) and in the leading case on challenge to disclosure of information in an enhanced criminal record certificate and the application of Article 8 ECHR in that context (R v Chief Constable West Midlands Police ex-parte X [2005] 1 WLR 65 Court of Appeal). He has conducted a number of cases on behalf of members of the armed forces dismissed on the grounds of sexual orientation including claims brought in the European Court of Human Rights. He was the solicitor for the Claimant in Pearce v Governing Body of Mayfield School [2003] UK HL 34 in the House of Lords concerning the application of the Sex Discrimination Act to sexual orientation.

Stephen also provides training in a number of areas of public law including community care law.

Stephen also provides specialist advice through the Legal Services Commission Specialist Support Service in Community Care.