”I am a Community Care Law solicitor with a background in welfare benefits representation and money management within a community care context. I have supported older and vulnerable clients and those with mental health issues. I have worked as a nursing assistant in mental health clinics and hospitals.”
I have particular expertise in:
• Planning and Paying for Care, including Local Authority charging rules
• The rights of carers under the Care Act 2014
• NHS CHC funding and challenging decisions where there are grounds for appeal
• Representing clients in care funding disputes
• Safeguarding issues particularly around financial abuse
• Advising on Court of Protection Deputyship applications (property and affairs)
• Maximising income for clients by identifying potential entitlement to welfare benefits and appealing incorrect decisions.
I work in the Community Care Law team representing carers, family members and service users who require help and advice in various issues concerning Community Care Law.
In 2007, I completed a law conversion course at the University of Brighton (UOB), graduating with a Commendation. In 2009, I completed a LPC at the University of West England (UWE), and qualified as a solicitor in 2012 after fulfilling a training contract with a regional firm.
Prior to joining Martin Searle Solicitors, I worked as a money adviser for a charity in Brighton. I specialised in supporting elderly and vulnerable clients and those with mental health issues – developing an expertise in local authority care funding rules and paying for care. I made initial Deputy applications (property and affairs) to the Court of Protection and managed a number of cases for clients who had lost mental capacity to manage their own finances.
Alongside my role as a community care solicitor, I work as a lecturer at the University of Brighton, teaching Tort Law to undergraduate law students.
Before embarking on my legal career, I spent over 2 years travelling and working abroad. I have worked as an English teacher for refugees and foreign language students.
I have a partner and two children who keep me very busy when I am not at work. We try to get away when we can, and have spent many holidays in Cornwall exploring the coastal paths, beaches and rock-pools. I have lived in Brighton for over 20 years and love spending time with close friends. I also play tennis (badly) when I get the chance, and enjoy catching a film at Brighton’s fabulous Duke of York’s cinema.