Maximising income for clients by identifying potential entitlement to welfare benefits and appealing incorrect decisions.
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.
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.
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.