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Cate Searle

Director & Head of Community Care Law

Cate Searle - martin searle solicitors Community Care expert

“I founded our Community Care Law Services for Professional Deputies, which won the Law Society Excellence Award for Business Development in October 2016. In addition to my Court of Protection litigation caseload, I run training for other professionals across England in all aspects of Community Care Law.”


I am a recognised expert and lead our Community Care Law team. We are one of a small number of non-legal aid solicitors specialising in Health and Social Care Law and Community Care Law.

We have built an expanding practice in this area which has given our firm a nationwide profile. I guest lecture for MBL, the Law Society and Solicitors for the Elderly and run in-house training for other legal professionals. I contributed to the Elderly Client Handbook published by the Law Society in association with SFE.

I am also the director responsible for practice management and financial and regulatory matters and I manage the firm’s community engagement strategy.


I have particular expertise in:

  • Services for Professional Deputies – including:

o Expert Reports about paying for care within Personal Injury litigation
o Casework support on Community Care Law and public law issues for Professional Deputy teams, including Double Recovery
o Assisting with preparation for the OPG Professional Deputy Standards Audit
o In-house training for Professional Deputy teams on the Care Act paying for care rules, NHS Continuing Healthcare and Health & Welfare litigation

  • Planning and Paying for Care, including funding disputes with Social Services, financial assessments and deprivation of capital
  • Challenges against inadequate health and social care packages, particularly for care at home
  • Safeguarding adults at risk.
  • Court of Protection litigation on Health & Welfare and Property & Finance matters
  • Mental Capacity Law, including:
  • Lasting Power of Attorney and Deputy applications (contested and non-contested)
  • Safeguarding issues including Court of Protection Applications
  • Best Interest decisions
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare


I act for the legal profession which includes Professional Deputies & Attorneys, personal injury lawyers and private client teams. I am also instructed by lay Deputies and Attorneys, particularly in safeguarding issues and care funding disputes for their vulnerable relatives.

I work with a wide range of clients of all ages and many have disabilities or caring responsibilities. As part of our community engagement strategy, I provide free legal advice at Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Carers Centre.


I have a BA Hons in Developmental Psychology from the University of Sussex. While managing a local mental health service, I studied part-time for the law conversion course at the University of Brighton where I met my co-director Fiona Martin. I completed the solicitors’ law finals course at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Other experience

Having worked for several years in Health and Social Services, including in a number of psychiatric hospitals, before training as a solicitor, I have skills and experience that directly benefit my Community Care clients. This is reflected in the outcomes I achieve for them.

In addition, having worked in the voluntary sector as an advisor before qualifying as a solicitor, I understand the challenges voluntary sector organisations face.

I have a life too

I enjoy long cycle rides in the countryside with friends and family, usually followed by a hearty pub lunch. Otherwise I relax by reading Scandinavian crime thrillers or listening to music. I love to travel and am fortunate to have a number of friends and relatives living abroad to provide an interesting range of holiday destinations. I enjoy debating about something or nothing with friends over a good meal.

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