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Alice Macnair


“I advise and represent individual and professional clients on a full range of community care issues, including litigation in the Court of Protection.”


I am a solicitor in the Community Care Law team based at our Brighton office. Prior to Community Care, my background was in welfare benefits, housing and social care law. I have 10 years’ experience in the statutory and not-for-profit sector. I have a particular interest in the role we play as lawyers holding public bodies to account in relation to their statutory health and social care duties. This is even more vital when ‘public purse’ and resource arguments conflict with clients’ needs.


I have particular expertise in:

  • Needs assessments and funding disputes under the Care Act 2014
  • Challenging inadequate NHS Continuing Healthcare and Social Services eligibility decisions and care packages
  • Supporting clients to get the most out of their care planning
  • Social care entitlements for migrants, including expats returning to live in the UK
  • Resolving accommodation issues linked to care and support needs
  • Supporting clients when they are investigated by the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Facilitating safe and lawful hospital discharge
  • Challenging unlawful detentions in care homes and hospitals
  • Resolving complex welfare benefits matters for Community Care Law clients


I am a client-focused advocate with extensive experience supporting older people and vulnerable adults with care needs.

I believe it is essential for people to understand their rights. My background both in the statutory and legal aid sectors enables me to better understand and negotiate with opponents, increasing the chances of a successful outcome.

I frequently advise professionals such as Deputies and Trustees on public law matters that arise for their clients and ensuring they are compliant with their own legal and regulatory requirements.


I have a First-class degree in English & Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Philosophy. Following the Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Sussex, I gained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. I carried out my training contract with Martin Searle Solicitors, and qualified as a solicitor in April 2018.

Other experience

I have worked in the Community Care sector since 2013. Prior to this, I provided advice and representation to clients as a Welfare Benefits adviser in a legal advice centre. Prior to starting at Martin Searle Solicitors I worked in a Local Authority Social Services department as the Human Rights caseworker.

Before getting into law, I worked as a Benefits Advisor, an English Language teacher and a personal assistant, delivering live-in care to a quadriplegic man. This day to day experience of the difficulties faced by those with care and support needs fuelled my interest in disability rights and advocacy.

I have a life too

I enjoy organising and promoting social and fundraising events, and run a biannual alternative press fair to raise money for local charities supporting refugees and asylum seekers. I write and draw satirical cartoons, prose and children’s fiction. I love camping, adventures and getting out into the fresh air with my children.

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