“I deal with new client enquiries, draft letters to clients and opponents, assist with LPA and Deputyship applications, and communicate with current and prospective clients about their cases.”
I am a Paralegal for the community care team, assisting Cate Searle and the team with their caseload. I joined Martin Searle Solicitors as a Team Assistant in January 2015 and am delighted to be given the opportunity to assist with client casework and learn about community care law. I am very much enjoying my new career.
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I am the first point of contact for new community care law enquiries; potential clients may not have contacted a solicitor before but are concerned about what is happening to themselves or their loved ones. I find it very satisfying to offer reassurance that our firm will be able to assist.
I also work with clients of my own, advising on paying for care and planning ahead. I help clients with Deputyship applications and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney.
I graduated with 2:1 in American Studies and English from University of Keele. I graduated with Distinction from the Graduate Diploma in Law at University of Brighton in August 2014. I won the OUP Prize for best first year Postgraduate Diploma in Law student, the LLP Prize for best performance in the law of contract module, and the Prize for best second year Postgraduate Diploma in Law student and Westgate Chambers Prize for best performance in the criminal law module.
I am an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and am studying the client care and practice modules required for the Graduate Fast Track Diploma.
I have a wide range of administrative experience having worked for 18 years in university administration at Goldsmiths College London, Royal Free and University College London Medical School and, most recently, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where I organised medical student practical exams.
I have a six-year old son, Lenny, and spend weekends trying to drag him away from Minecraft and the PS3 into the fresh air. I love living by the sea and enjoy taking Lenny rock-pooling in Ovingdean and throwing stones into the sea. We like Sunday morning cinema trips and going to the park. I love cooking (and eating!), reading The New Yorker, and watching American crime, law and political dramas – I am impatiently awaiting series 4 of House of Cards.