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Community Care Law Testimonials

“I am very grateful for your very helpful advice and the manner in which you have dealt with this case throughout. I have been highly impressed.”

Community Care Law

Liz T

“Specialist knowledge, friendly and professional.”

Robert P

“We would both like to thank Colin, Cate and your team for all the superb advice and assistance that you have given us over the last 15 months or so. We are sure that without it, we would not have achieved what we did.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Mr and Mrs B

“Pleasant, friendly, stress free service. Good outcome.”

Alison M

“Every aspect of my appeal case was dealt with professionally, courteously and efficiently. Thanks Cate.”

Michael W

“Chloe was patient and used legal speak I could understand and put me at my ease. I was very pleased with the service I got, the way Chloe went out of her way to get me all the facts and figures.”

Acting Trustee & completing guardianship for husband

Hayley E

“Excellent service and communication through phone calls and emails. Clear information”.

Allie S

“Prompt, knowledgeable and courteous service. Fast and efficient.”

Jane S

“I can’t fault the service Cate provided.”

Lee & Lauren F

“Thank you for your skill, advice and expertise in our case against the Council. When we were seeking legal support we found expertise in this area very hard to come by. We are delighted with the outcome and are very pleased that we chose you to represent us. The last two years have been very difficult for our family and this was another battle we could have done without. You have provided clear guidance along the way and channelled your time most effectively and efficiently and taken a huge weight off us. It has certainly become apparent that you took your duties seriously and in actual fact your primary motivation is genuinely to help people such as us rather than any financial gain.”

Jon W

“Although I had loads of facts and evidence I needed Cate’s wide experience in this field to succeed.”

Daniel E

“Understanding and very effective legal advice.”

Paul J

“We are very pleased with the personable and effective advice.”

Paul J

“Martin Searle Solicitors’ comprehensive support and sharing of expertise has made an invaluable contribution to the work of Engage Brighton and Hove.”

Community Involvement

Manager, Engage Brighton and Hove

“I don’t think you could improve your service – it was excellent throughout.”

Community Care Law

Dyanne L

“I got exactly what I needed. This type of information is hard to come by and not available at most solicitors.”

Community Care Law

Paul B

I would have no hesitation in recommending Martin Searle Solicitors to any of my friends.

Deputyship Application

Zoe H

“I have already recommended Martin Searle Solicitors to several people because Chloe’s help and advice was invaluable to me and the emotional support was excellent also.”

Anna T

“Helpful informative advice from an obvious expert in the field.”

Jane E

“I wish you and your firm continued success in defending the elderly from unfairness and indignity.”

Community Care Law

Stephanie R

“Cate and Matthew concluded the proceedings with the County Council and they helped me (as my Personal Representative) to recover the full amount of my father’s overpayments to his care home. They were also supportive and a shoulder for me when I had some very difficult and challenging times and tasks to conclude.”

Adam M

“This was a particularly difficult time for us, coping with the emotional demands of my mother’s illness, and the pressures that were brought to bear on us by the local authority. My wife and I both found Chloe’s professionalism, knowledge, judgments and support to be invaluable. She was meticulous in her research and her advice was always presented in an understandable and appropriate manner. She was always caring and understanding and shared genuine empathy to our situation.”

Michael W

“We would like to thank you for your skill, advice and expertise in our case against the Council. We are delighted with the outcome and are very pleased that we were fortunate enough to choose you to represent us.”

Planning & Paying For Care

Mark & Josie T

“Thank you Chloe for your succinct, clear and professional advice.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Olivia B

“Chloe came to visit us twice at home in order to do LPAs for my elderly aunty. She was very helpful and explained everything in ways we could all understand. We were very happy with her work and level of commitment to us.”

Kat W

“Without your work I’m sure our appeal for NHS Continuing Healthcare for my mother would have failed.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Betty E

“I would recommend Martin Searle Solicitors due to the fantastic service we received from Chloe.”

Kat W

“Professional competence and flexibility. Provision of advice to clients who had legal background themselves.”

Cliff P

“I found the staff very friendly and they made me feel they were there to help me. They always kept me informed of everything, always called me back, and always talked to me in plain English so I understood what was going on with my case.”

Community Care Law

Emma S

“Support, a friendly voice and solid advice.”

Nat C

“Flexible approach, non contentious view but prepared to play hardball if required.”

Dev K

“The advice was knowledgeable, reliable and professional. I always felt Cate had my mum’s interests at heart and was helping me do the best for her.”

Community Care Law

Karen R

“Your advice and clarity were invaluable in what was a very complex matter. The result has given both my mother and myself peace of mind.”


Amy C

Supportive, approachable professional service. Would thoroughly recommend.

Paying for Care

Fiona N

“I appreciate your help and advice. I would have been lost without it during my NHS Continuing Healthcare case.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Cerrig W

“I felt that I was being given reliable and realistic advice throughout the process.”

Anyim C

At all times you were so kind and helpful to Norman & I. It is greatly appreciated and I can never thank you enough! Cate – you were marvelous.”

Enid T

“I thank you for all the help and advice you have given to us over the past months. I know we would not have made it without you. I thank you for your kindness and understanding in dealing with our problems.”

Planning & Paying for Care

Lisa R

“The break through we needed with Social Services was accomplished swiftly.”

Norman S

“I could hardly have expected a more sympathetic and understanding response to my problem.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Henry D

“Letters and documents were written clearly and gave the information needed to be happy that I understood the process.”

Charlotte F

“Cate was a fantastic help. Easy to talk to and friendly.”

Margaret V

“Navigating through the Continuing Healthcare process can be extremely difficult. Without Chloe’s specialist advice, I’m not sure we would be been successful ourselves. Chloe really helped me to be clear about what I should be focusing on about how we should approach Mum’s Continuing Healthcare review. It was with Chloe’s skills and experience as a community care lawyer, that we were able to gain new insight on some of the issues surrounding my mother’s case, which no doubt contributed to our successful application.”

Advice on an NHS CHC review meeting

Kate C

“You could not have been more helpful or friendly and we would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone. Thank you.”

Philip D

“A dedicated and concise service”

Dev K

“Excellent service. Staff extremely helpful, understanding and informative. Very grateful for all the assistance.”

Fay & John W

“In view of the minefield of the legislation with which we were dealing the advice given clarified things and helped us understand. Cannot see how you can improve. Keep up the good work.”

Chris S

“Very thorough and sympathetic to our needs. Great communication and refreshing approach. Very informed on what our situation was.”

Community Care Law

Mr and Mrs Y

“Cate brought real knowledge and understanding to a difficult area of law and reacted rapidly to queries raised.”

Talya W

“Very informative. Answered all my questions in a satisfactory manner.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal Client

Richard & Wendy G

“At an incredibly difficult time of my life Cate gave me clear, precise advice in a kind and friendly way and enabled me to arm myself with the knowledge I needed to ensure the best possible care was made available to my mother, and that we did not end up with crippling bills at the end of it.  Her compassion and understanding was very much present and I will always be grateful to her for helping us the way she did.”

Charlotte F

“The service provided by Carolyn was first class and I am most grateful to her personally.”

Pro-bono advice clinic

Linda H

“Your advice and clarity were invaluable in what was a very complex matter. The result has given both my mother and myself peace of mind.”

Community Care Law

Margaret C

“I feel more confident in challenging the decisions of the Local Authority having received this professional and specialist advice”.

Challenging A Local Authority Decision

Colin M

“The level of communication from Cate was what I needed to keep the family up to date on proceedings. Very considerate approach, thank you.”

Retrospective NHS Continuing Healthcare award

Diane T

“The options available to me were made clear to me in a clear and straight forward way.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal Client

Richard & Wendy G

“Excellent clear straightforward advice. Cate inspires a huge amount of calmness and confidence.”

Richard H

“Thank you to Martin Searle Solicitors for all your help – I don’t think that you could have done any more.”

NHS CHC Funding

Deborah H

“Our appeal is still ongoing, but we a are lot more positive and a lot further forward than we would have been without your help. Thank you.”

Onyeka P

“Cate is a kind, generous, and intelligent women having a positive impact on the world around her, helping vulnerable people in their darkest hour. Cate, and those around her, should be very proud of what they are doing.”

Matthew K

“I was worried I would end up having to sell my home to pay for mum’s continuing care. I have been delighted with your dedication and excellent arguments.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Ina W

“Thank you so much for all your help in securing this payment which was definitely worth waiting for.  I really appreciate all the effort that you and Cate made to bring this reimbursement to a successful conclusion.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding

Jay F

“I recommend Martin Searle Solicitors because of their specialist knowledge about care for the elderly and Cate’s genuine and caring manner.”

Community Care Law

Jane G

“Martin Searle Solicitors’ free advice gives carers an opportunity to seek a specialist’s opinion. We really value their experience and expertise.”

Community Involvement

Carers Centre, Brighton

“Cate was excellent throughout.”

Richard H

“Mum hated injustice and that is why we are fighting so hard to appeal. Have to say that Caroline and Cate have been great and would have no qualms recommending you to other families in a similar situation.”

Claire G

We are very grateful for all the hard work you have done and the constant support you have been through a very difficult time. I think without you being there, Lucinda would no doubt be in a home somewhere laying bed bound waiting to die, and stripped of her dignity.

Christine R

“I would be delighted to recommend this service from Carolyn Hunnisett. Not only are they extremely professional, competent, their knowledge base being very much up to date, they are very empathic which is an extremely important quality for people going through this emotionally draining process. I wholeheartedly recommend them.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare appeal

Dr Buchan

“Treated at all times with kindness and care.”

Patricia M

“You have an outstanding track record. I will continue to refer clients who need advice on Nursing Home fees or funding to you and I’m certain you will do everything possible to help them.”

Mike K

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to express mine and my family’s sincere gratitude and massive appreciation for everything you have done for us. I have come to appreciate how much time, effort and most importantly care, you and your team put into helping people like us. Without you and your team, we would never have continued pushing for the NHS Continuing Healthcare reimbursement for Dad. I think he would have been secretly proud of us (he was not a man to talk about his feelings too much!!) and he would have thought you were awesome! In our conversations and correspondence, it is apparent how much you genuinely care for the families you help and the work you do.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Lesley W

“The guidance provided I feel sure was paramount to the final outcome especially when it was necessary to appeal the original decision and go to panel.”

Tom R

“Thank you very much to Cate and Chloe. You both are angels that have saved my Mum’s life.”

Nala T

“The care and quality of service provided far exceeded our expectations.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal Client

Richard & Wendy G

“A very good outcome, thank you!”

Mike K

“Cate Searle was awesome.”

Community Care Law

Vicky H

The service was both professional and personal. It was a great relief to find solicitors who were clear about what would be possible and steered us competently through the processes all the way. We are very pleased with the successful outcome.

CoP Best Interest Decision

Gill W

“Cate Searle of Martin Searle Solicitors is without doubt the best specialist solicitor in these matters in the country – £94,000 says so!”

Community Care Law

Terry W

“Did the job exactly as promised efficiently and without delay.”

Norman S

“I was very pleased with the quality, attentiveness and responsiveness of Cate’s services.”

Shirin U

A pleasure to have dealt with the practice who adopted a top professional approach throughout.


Albert G

“I would just like to place on record once more my sincere thanks to Cate for her help to my family in trying times.”

Anyim C

“Reassuring, very helpful, everything explained very clearly.”

Allie S

“Very impressed during each consultation with the alacrity and knowledge shown.”

Dev K

“Very understanding and patient with clients.”

Jane J

“Excellent knowledge, good communications – both verbal and email”.

Ian S

“I would recommend because you are the best solicitors I have worked with so far.”

Nala T

“Caroline guided me through my case sensitively and effectively.”

Alice N

“I cannot praise highly enough the help and support I received from this outstanding firm of solicitors, especially Cate Searle. Without her my NHS Continuing Healthcare case would not have succeeded.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Veronica F

“Carolyn’s dedication and promptness in pursuing our case for the reimbursement of unnecessary paid expenses has been exemplary.”

Pro-bono advice clinic

Age Concern

“Easy to talk to…knowledgeable in the field.”

Dev K

“Straight forward advice based on in-depth understanding of a complex subject area.”

Community Care Law

Simon R

“On behalf of everyone in the family, I would like to extend our sincerest heartfelt thanks. My aunt had nothing but praise for you.”

Community Care Law

Nick G

“The pro bono services for Age Concern clients are invaluable. Cate’s knowledge of community care law is a great help to clients and volunteers.”

Community Involvement

Age Concern, Brighton

“Very sensitive and empathetic, easy to trust, straightforward.”

Norman S

“Friendly and sympathetic approach with sound professional advice. Able to discuss matters freely without feeling overawed. Cate was always available to answer queries.”

Amy C

“I am certain to recommend Martin Searle Solicitors. Cate was very honest and due to her manner I knew I could trust her. I was proved correct.”

Planning & Paying for Care Client

Susan D

“Carolyn helped me and my family understand the process better and gave support in processing a claim.”

Pro-bono advice

Age Concern

“Thank you. You exceeded expectations. Just continue to do what you are doing in the same understanding, conpassionate way. Cate’s presence at the appeal was invaluable.”

Chris S

“We enjoyed calm and peaceful visits to my mother in her care home without the worry of financial disputes, all thanks to you. I would like to thank you for your professional and caring approach.”

Planning and Paying for Care


“Cate showed a consistently superb level of professionalism, attention to detail and expertise. The PCT told us it was the quality of our submissions that settled the matter in our favour.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Andrew S

“Martin Searle Solicitors’ service was great!”

Planning & Paying for Care Client

Susan D

“First class service at all times. I do not feel that the level of service could be bettered.”

Community Care Law

Richard F

“You made a most significant impact on the quality of care that my father received during his illness. I am forever grateful to you for all of the support and assistance that you provided to me and my family.”

Planning & Paying for Care Client

Philip K

“I think that we have a result all round thanks to Matthew Grant and Cate Searle. Our family can’t thank you enough.”

Community Care Law

Ian K

“Cate was knowledgeable, clear-minded and kind.”

Lisa S

“Keep on working as you do with the honesty that you have always shown.”

Michael W

Without your help, I would not have continued with the case because fighting this on my own would have been too much of a strain. I needed support and your local expertise to deal with Social Services.

NHS CHC Refund

Christina S

“I would recommend Martin Searle Solicitors to anyone due to your friendly and professional approach. Cate has a great indepth knowledge of the subjects in question.”

Daniel E

“I had no problem understanding what the situation was and what my options were after Cate explained them. She was also easily accessible as well without costing the earth financially.”

Talya W

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Martin Searle Solicitors and in particular to Carolyn Hunnisett for all their help in taking on the NHS for funding on behalf of our father and WINNING!

It was not an easy case and we knew that we were not certain to win. By the time we spoke to Martin Searle we were close to giving up. We had been trying for funding for some years without any success and were appalled by the way the NHS had treated both our father and ourselves. Sadly our father passed away before our appeal against the decision not to fund him.

We took the decision to carry on and were taken through the appeal process step by step by Carolyn. She represented us as a family at the appeal and really held us together in what became a bewildering and emotional process.

We finally had an apology from the NHS and a decision to recommend our father for NHS Continuing Healthcare.

We cannot express how grateful we are for all the help and guidance, plus good sense, that Carolyn gave us through what was, for us, a truly traumatic time.

With our very best wishes and thanks.”

Retrospective NHS Continuing Healthcare funding

F Holloway

“Very prompt and understandable communications.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare

Teresa P

“Professional, friendly, efficient and prompt.”

Rosie & Matthew G

“Excellent service.”

Nala T

“Chloe Smith’s manner and detailed information was excellent and my view would have been the same even if the case result had not been positive.”

Funding for Long Term Care

Alan C

“I have already recommended you, and would always recommend you to anyone seeking advice regarding the funding of care homes, deprivation of assets, etc, and rules relating to power of attorneys.”

Planning & paying for care

Caroline W

“You have a clear understanding of this complex system!”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal Client

Richard & Wendy G

“I am mindful of your work in achieving eligibility and thank you most sincerely for your help in this – I think that the outcome of the Panel may have been very different without your input. Once more, my grateful thanks to you and my best wishes to you.”

NHS CHC Funding

William A

“Professional, friendly, efficient and prompt.”

Lee & Lauren F

“Cate was always attentive and spoke with authority, clarity but with a professional pleasant manner. Her advice appeared sound and we were always content to accept her pragmatic approach.”

George W

“An excellent professional service in support of our NHS Continuing Healthcare case.”

NHS Continuing Healthcare Appeal

Norman S

“We don’t think you can improve. We were very very happy with everything.”

Philip D

“The service couldn’t be made better.”

Michael W

“Thank you so much for all your help on this. Without your expertise I know that my Mum would have ended up in a Care Home. She is so happy to be back and very content so it has proved that it was well worth the fight. Just to see her so happy and smiling again is wonderful and it has proved to me that we did the right thing, although at times I thought we may have to concede defeat. You have been brilliant and were always there when we needed you. We were very lucky to find you. Thank you for all that you did and I know that my Mum would like to say a very big thank you as well. “

Penny W

“Cate Searle was so understanding and helpful, I was very impressed.”

Shima T

“Caroline was very knowledgeable on care home funding and dealing with Local Council. Matters were always dealt with promptly. Always responded quickly to our concerns. Caroline came across to us as a very competent, kind and caring person. “

Ben W

“Professional. Kept the client on-track. Dealt courageously with a dysfunctional London Borough Social Services. Achieved a financial result.”

Robert P

“I’m enormously grateful. Keep up the good work!”

Mike K

Your knowledge and advice was so reassuring. I lost count of how many times we agreed that we were so glad to have your advice and support. Your consistent professional and personal support for us was invaluable and I am sure it went far beyond your usual professional role. We really cannot thank you enough Cate.

CoP Application

Pam & Ben

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