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Yen Ly is a Public Law Solicitor with a background in Housing and Community Care. She has a particular interest in the rights of children and care leavers, unaccompanied minors, destitute persons subject to immigration control, and vulnerable incapacitated adults.

Throughout her long career in the area of public law she has brought numerous successful actions against local authorities and the Home office on behalf of vulnerable children and unaccompanied asylum seeking minors. The actions include challenging the provision of services, assessments of age, and unlawful policies in relation to removal and detention of minors.

Yen also practices in the Court of Protection on behalf of families of mentally incapacitated adults. She has dealt with a wide range of issues including residence, contact, medication, deprivation of liberty, financial abuse, forced marriages and contraception.


Her most recent notable reported successes include:

  • R(HJ) V LB Croydon & Anr [2021] EWHC 66 (Admin)
  • R(H) V Swindon BC [2020] EWHC 3065 (Admin)
  • BF(Eritrea) v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 872
  • R(GE) v SSHD & Bedford BC [2015] EWHC 1406 (Admin)
  • GE(Eritrea) [2014] EWCA Civ 1490
  • R(GB) v Oxfordshire CC - JR/3222/2014 UKUT
  • Read the judgement
  • R(GE) v SSHD & Bedford BC [2013] EWHC 2186 (Admin)
  • R(L) v Westminster CO/4473/2013 UKUT
  • Read the judgement
  • R (AS) v Croydon LBC [2011] EWHC 2091 (Admin)
  • R (FN) v LB Croydon [2011] EWHC 862 (Admin)
  • R (TS) v SSHD [2010] EWHC 2614 (Admin)
  • R (PM) v Hertford County Council [2010] EWHC 2056 (Admin)
  • R (NA) v The London Borough of Croydon [2009] EWHC 2357 (Admin)