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39 Essex Chambers

Steve Broach

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 4 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

Steve Broach
Steve Broach has considerable experience of bringing challenges against local and central government decisions. He is particularly committed to handling cases involving disabled claimants, and is active in challenges involving healthcare provision and housing allocation by local authorities.
Strengths: "He's creative, clever and passionate as well as being a delight to work with." "He's very accessible to lawyers and the public, and he really feels like part of the team when you're working with him."
Recent work: Represented Article 39 in challenging the downgrading of statutory protections for children in care as a result of pandemic regulations.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 2

Steve Broach
Steve Broach is a discrimination and disability rights specialist who regularly appears in high-profile human rights challenges in the Supreme Court. Many of his cases arise in an educational context and he often represents vulnerable children and local authorities.
Strengths: "Steve is a very talented barrister and one of the hardest-working people at the Bar, full stop." "He has an awful lot of experience."
Recent work: Appeared in R (CC) v HM Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a challenge to the government’s failure to increase financial support to family carers of severely disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Education - London (Bar)

Band 1

Steve Broach
Steve Broach is a notable public law barrister who acts for a number of prominent clients in the education sector. Much of his work is concerned with the special educational needs of disabled children, as well as young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. He regularly acts in judicial reviews challenging funding cuts and local authority policies. Broach has expert knowledge of the Children and Families Act 2014, as well as particular expertise regarding the law on school transport and higher education Disabled Student Allowances.
Strengths: "He has excellent knowledge of law relating to special educational needs, public law and issues affecting young people generally. He also provides very clear advice and is a good advocate. He's very approachable and excellent at reassuring nervous clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (Shaw and Another) v Secretary of State for Education, a challenge to a number of statutory instruments issued by the Secretary of State for Education which downgraded duties owed to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities by reference to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Community Care - London (Bar)

Band 1

Steve Broach
Steve Broach is particularly well known for his work concerning the rights of disabled children and adults. He is a go-to barrister for community care work and has been instructed in cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "A very experienced, thoughtful and creative barrister who achieves very good results for his clients." "Steve is incredibly good at understanding disability issues."
Recent work: Acted in a case challenging the government's failure to increase financial support for family carers of severely disabled people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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