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End of life care and assisted dying

The Human Rights solicitors at Leigh Day have a particular expertise in acting for patients in cases concerning end of life care.

The Human Rights Act 1998 protects our right to life and our rights to respect for our private life and personal autonomy, both of which are key to those seeking what they consider dignified end of life care. Our solicitors have acted for patients with terminal, degenerative conditions seeking the right to choose to end their own life, including bringing cases to the Supreme Court.

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Leigh Day also acted in the landmark case of Janet Tracey, in which the Court of Appeal ruled that patients had a legal right to be consulted an informed about decisions to withhold cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.