Allan Norman, Non-practising solicitor
Allan Norman qualified as a social worker 26 years ago, and as a solicitor 10 years later. He has specialised in advocacy that draws upon his interest in the law relating to the practice of social work. As a solicitor, he was the Principal Solicitor and Social Worker at Birmingham Law Centre from 2000, and established his own niche practice, Celtic Knot in 2006. Specialising in public and human rights law, he has brought judicial review cases in community care, wrongful committal, children’s rights, education, disability, EU and welfare law with significant success in each area. He has initiated around 75 judicial reviews in total, working for CAB, solicitors and charities. He is a registered social worker, and his independent social work practice currently undertakes advocacy both for service users and for social workers. He is an associate lecturer at the University of Birmingham, teaching law on undergraduate, postgraduate and Step-Up social work programmes. He has written widely on matters relating to law and social work, including the forthcoming book ‘Human Rights’ in the ‘Focus on Social Work Law’ series edited by Alison Brammer. He has an MA in Social Research and Reflective Professional Practice.