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Chloe Smith

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.

I represent carers, family members, service users, Attorneys and Professional Deputies who require help and advice in various issues surrounding community care law.”

Expertise

I have particular expertise in:

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

Clients

I work in the community care law team representing carers, family members, service users and Professional Deputies who require help and advice in various issues surrounding community care law. I am also involved in our local community engagement work and have an active role with various local charities and voluntary organisations.

Qualifications

I graduated from the University of Brighton with First Class Honours in 2008. In 2009 I undertook 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.

Other experience

As well as providing advice on community care law issues, I have experience in attending various meetings with the NHS (or CCGs as they are now known) and Social Services. 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 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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