‘‘I am a solicitor in the Community Care Law team and advise clients who are service users, family members, carers and Attorneys. I use my experience and knowledge of community care and welfare benefits law to assist our clients.’
I am a solicitor in the Community Care Law team based at our Brighton office. My background is in Welfare Benefits and Community Care Law. I have 10 years’ experience in the statutory and not-for-profit sector. I have a particular interest in the role we play as lawyers holding public bodies to account in relation to their statutory health & social care duties. This is even more vital when public purse and resource arguments frequently conflict with clients’ needs.
I have particular expertise in:
Ensuring that clients’ needs are properly assessed and met under the Care Act 2014
Maximising clients’ welfare benefits income by identifying areas of potential eligibility; appealing incorrect benefits decisions
Supporting clients to get the most out of their care planning
Immigration and housing in social care law
Resolving accommodation issues linked to care and support needs.
It is important that my clients achieve the best possible outcome. I am a committed advocate, client-focused and have a wide experience of supporting elderly people and vulnerable adults with care needs. At Brighton Housing Trust I provided community care law advice to legally aided clients and at the Local Authority I worked with service users within social services. I believe it is essential for individuals with care needs to understand and access their rights.
I have a First-class honours degree and a Master’s degree in Philosophy. Following the Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Sussex, I gained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. I am delighted to have a training contract with Martin Searle Solicitors, and look forward to qualifying in 2018.
During my time as a Welfare Benefits adviser, I provided advice and representation to clients at welfare benefit tribunal hearings obtaining a successful outcome in 98% of appeals.
I have worked as an English Language teacher and a personal assistant, delivering live-in care to a quadriplegic man. This day to day experience of the difficulties faced by those with care and support needs fuels my interest in community care law.
I have a life too
I enjoy organising and promoting social and fundraising events, and run a biannual alternative press fair to raise money for local charities supporting refugees and asylum seekers. I write and draw satirical cartoons, prose and children’s fiction. I love camping, adventures and getting out into the fresh air with my children.