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Chloe Scarr

Associate Solicitor

Chloe Smith Associate Solicitor

“I am an associate solicitor in the Community Care Law team and lead our team’s Services for Professional Deputies.’’

Intro

Based at our Brighton and Hove office, I represent Professional and Lay Deputies and Attorneys, family members, carers and service users across England. My expertise covers the full range of community care law advice we provide. Day to day, as well as managing my own caseload I supervise some members of the Community Care Law team and I am part of the management team.

My role also involves leading our Services for Professional Deputies and Attorneys which includes providing bespoke in-house training for other legal professionals and speaking at conferences for both legal and financial professionals. In addition, I am a guest lecturer for various professional learning and development providers including MBL and SFE, covering health and social care funding and Court of Protection litigation.

Expertise

I have particular expertise in:

  • Services for Professional Deputies, including
    • Casework support on Health and Social Care Law issues for Professional Deputy teams
    • Assisting with preparation for the OPG Professional Deputy Standards Audits
    • In-house training for Professional Deputy teams on the Care Act paying for care rules, NHS Continuing Healthcare and Health & Welfare litigation.
    • Expert Reports about Court of Protection costs within Personal Injury litigation
  • Planning and Paying for Care, including care and funding disputes with Social Services under the Care Act 2014, s117 aftercare disputes, challenging financial assessments and deprivation of capital cases
  • Mental Capacity Law, including:
    • Lasting Power of Attorney and Deputy applications (contested and non-contested)
    • Safeguarding issues including Court of Protection Applications
    • Litigation and advocacy in Court of Protection contested proceedings
    • Best Interest processes
    • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Safe discharge from hospital
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare
  • Personal Health Budgets and Direct Payments

Clients

I act for the legal profession, specifically Professional Deputies and Attorneys and private client teams. I represent lay Deputies and Attorneys who require help and advice in various issues in Health and Social Care Law. I am also involved in our local community engagement work and have an active role with various local charities and voluntary organisations, including running bespoke Community Care Law training courses for the voluntary and charitable sectors.

Qualifications

I graduated from the University of Brighton with First-class honours in Criminology and Sociology in 2008. In 2009 I took the law conversion course at the University of Brighton. I graduated with a Commendation in 2010 and was awarded ‘The Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize for the Best Postgraduate Diploma in Law Student 2010′. I then completed the Legal Practice Course and graduated from BPP Law School with a Commendation in 2011. I qualified in January 2014.

I am a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a member of the STEP Mental Capacity Global Special Interest Group.

Other experience

As well as providing advice on Health and Social Care Law issues, I have experience in attending various meetings with CCGs and Local Authorities. I have represented clients at strategy, round table and review meetings, and I am experienced in assisting and advising clients in preparation for Best Interest Meetings relating to close friends or relatives who have lost the capacity to make decisions for themselves.

I also have personal experience as an Attorney and carer for a relative which has deepened my understanding and knowledge of these roles and of Alzheimer’s disease.

I have a life too

I enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes. I attend yoga classes and play tennis. Socialising and spending time with my family are also important to me and I think Brighton is a perfect setting for this.

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