Yvonne Hossack, the solicitor campaigning for the rights of the elderly, has lost a key appeal at the European Court of Human Rights in her battle against the closure of care homes.

The ruling is a further setback for the Kettering practitioner, who has acted for more than 80 elderly care home residents, and was hit by a wasted costs order for the first time earlier this year (see Solicitors Journal 154/11, 23 March 2010). The sole practitioner had taken the case of one of her clients to Strasbourg, claiming that her transfer to a new home would greatly reduce her life expectancy.

The ECtHR has now ruled that the transfer represented a risk for the pensioners involved but that the local authority’s decision was not ...

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