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Andy McKay

Solicitor

“I am a Community Care Law solicitor with a background in welfare benefits representation and money management within a community care context.”

Intro

I am a solicitor in the Community Care Law team based at our Brighton office.

I specialise in advising clients in financial assessment disputes against local authorities, care home contracts disputes and NHS CHC assessments.

I represent individuals at appeals and challenge health and local authorities where there has been inadequate care provision and an unsafe hospital discharge.

Alongside my role as a solicitor, I work as a lecturer at the University of Brighton, teaching EU Law and Tort Law to undergraduate law students.

Expertise

I have particular expertise in:

  • Planning and Paying for Care, including Local Authority charging rules
  • Challenging Local Authority financial assessments, including inadequate care planning provision and allegations of deprivation of assets
  • Contractual disputes with care homes, including unfair terms and Funded Nursing Care (FNC) payments
  • NHS CHC funding and challenging decisions where there are grounds for appeal
  • Representing clients in care funding disputes
  • Safeguarding issues particularly around financial abuse
  • Advising on Court of Protection Deputyship applications (property and affairs)
  • Maximising income for clients by identifying potential entitlement to welfare benefits and appealing incorrect decisions.

Clients

I work in the Community Care Law team representing family members, Attorneys and Deputies (professional and lay attorneys), carers, and service users who require help and advice in various issues concerning Community Care Law.

Qualifications

In 2007, I completed a law conversion course at the University of Brighton (UOB), graduating with a Commendation. In 2009, I completed my LPC at the University of West England (UWE) and qualified as a solicitor in 2012 after fulfilling a training contract with a regional firm.

Other experience

Prior to joining Martin Searle Solicitors, I worked as a nursing assistant in mental health clinics and hospitals. I also worked as a money adviser for a charity in Brighton. This involved supporting elderly and vulnerable clients and those with mental health issues. I gained expertise in local authority care funding rules and paying for care. I also made initial Deputy applications (property and affairs) to the Court of Protection and managed a number of cases for clients who had lost mental capacity to manage their own finances.

Alongside my role as a solicitor, I work as a lecturer at the University of Brighton, teaching EU Law and Tort Law to undergraduate law students.

I have a life too

I have a partner and two children who keep me very busy when I am not at work. We try to get away when we can, and have spent many holidays in Cornwall exploring the coastal paths, beaches and rock-pools. I have lived in Brighton for over 20 years and love spending time with close friends. I also play tennis (badly) when I get the chance, and enjoy catching a film at Brighton’s fabulous Duke of York’s cinema.

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