Who? Yogi Amin, partner and head of public law at Irwin Mitchell.
Why is he in the news? Represents Noel Conway, who has motor neurone disease and is bringing a judicial review that could result in a change to the law on assisted dying. This would allow terminally ill adults who meet strict criteria to make their own decisions about ending their lives.
Thoughts on the case: ‘My client is arguing for a legal framework which sets out strict criteria and clear safeguards – so that he is permitted to receive assistance to die in the terminal phase of his life. He is a very brave and intelligent person who is supported by the campaign group Dignity in Dying. The case is complex and sensitive.
‘There are a number of jurisdictions abroad where cases have come before the courts and legislation has been passed. This is an issue that arises all around the world.’
Dealing with the media: ‘All of the media we have dealt with have been understanding and reported the issue with care. I am blessed to have a media team and campaign group who can address media questions. The BBC, who interviewed my client, were particularly sensitive.’
Why become a lawyer? ‘I fell into a profession where you can apply and develop the law, and improve lives and society, while doing something you enjoy – arguing!’
Career high: ‘Successful cases which led to the provision of life-saving treatment and legislative changes. The case of YL, which led to the legislative change of confirming that the Human Rights Act applied to care home residents, stands out.’
Career low: ‘Having to tell certain clients that legal aid was not available to them because they were just above the means threshold and the clients then deciding that the adverse costs risk for the case was too great.’