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Alice Macnair

Trainee Solicitor

‘‘I am a trainee 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.’

Intro

I am a trainee 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.

Expertise

I have particular expertise in:

  • Ensuring that clients’ needs are properly assessed and met under the Care Act 2014
  • Challenging inadequate NHS Continuing Healthcare and Social Services care packages
  • Representing clients in funding disputes
  • 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.

Clients

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.

Qualifications

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.

Other experience

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.

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