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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.’’


Based at our Brighton and Hove office, I represent carers, family members, service users, Attorneys and Professional Deputies around the country who require help and advice in various issues surrounding Community Care Law.


I have particular expertise in:

  • Services for Professional Deputies
  • 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
  • Planning and Paying for Care, including Social Services Charging Rules under the Care Act 2014
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare
  • Personal Health Budgets and Direct Payments
  • Social Services disputes over care plans and care provision under the Care Act 2014.


I work in the Community Care Law team representing carers, family members, service users and Professional 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.


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 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 run bespoke Community Care Law training courses for other law firms and the voluntary and charitable sectors. I also deliver seminars for various professional learning and development providers including MBL and SFE; and I speak at conferences for both legal and financial professionals.

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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