Our Patrons: Professor Luke Clements

Luke Clements  is the Cerebra Professor of Law and Social Justice at the School of Law, Leeds University and as a practicing lawyer he has had conduct of many cases before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights.  Luke’s academic research and litigation experience is primarily concerned with the rights of people who experience social exclusion, including disabled people and their carers.

Luke has helped draft and promote a number of Parliamentary Bills aimed at improving the rights of people experiencing social exclusion.  In 2013 he was the Special Adviser to the Parliamentary Committee that scrutinised the draft Bill that resulted in the Care Act 2014.

Luke has written widely and is accepted as the country’s leading expert in Community Care Law.

As a distinguished academic, Luke will bring his insights to inform our policy advocacy work and campaigns.  He is already helping with our work to ensure that reasonable adjustments in the work place are brought to carers (see here) and with our campaign to ensure that all local authorities provide appropriate assessments for autistic children (see here).

Commenting on his position, Luke said: “I am delighted to be a patron of Disability Law Service, a charity that provides a vital service to a section of our community so often denied access to justice.  In addition to the excellent work they do for their clients, I am also impressed by their policy initiatives and look forward to continuing to contribute to their efforts to amend the law in order to deliver fairness and equality of opportunity to disabled people and their carers.