A JUDGE has welcomed a last-minute deal which could end four years of wrangling between Kirklees Council and a severely disabled woman.
Michelle Howson's judicial review challenge first reached court four years ago.
Her lawyers said she was receiving an inadequate level of night-time care cover in her home in Batley Carr.
Although Kirklees later promised to provide 24-hour care for the 34-year-old, her lawyers say that, since then, the pledge has gone unfulfilled, with "significant failures to cover all the care required".
The case returned to the High Court on Friday, with Mrs Howson challenging the council's alleged failure to deliver 24-hour care and to complete a community care assessment begun four years ago.
Her lawyers, John Stark, attacked the assessment as "fundamentally flawed".
He said Mrs Howson had been treated by around 50 carers in the past six months.
But Mr Justice Owen said he was anxious Mrs Howson's position "would not be advanced by this type of litigation".
He added: "Speaking bluntly, that is a matter of central concern to me."
He urged both sides to consider whether the row could be resolved without a further protracted court hearing.
After an hour's talks outside the court, the parties drafted a settlement by which Mrs Howson's judicial review application will be "dismissed" - subject to agreements between the two sides.
Mrs Howson became acutely disabled after being treated with powerful anti- psychotic drugs in the 1990s.
She cannot use her legs, suffers from chronic back pain and is prone to regular epileptic seizures and muscle spasms.
Steven Gasztowicz, for Kirklees, said the council had done its utmost to carry out assessments and provide comprehensive care.
He added that there had been a bid to "try to coerce the council by legal action building on threats of legal action that have been renewed daily".