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Clare English

Chartered Legal Executive

Clare English

I advise professional and lay clients on a wide range of Community Care Law matters. I enjoy working with people and providing legal advice to help them to resolve difficult situations at stressful times in their lives.


I am a member of the Community Care Law team at our offices in Brighton and Hove. I focus on planning and paying for care, eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, Court of Protection proceedings including Deputyship applications and making Lasting Powers of Attorney.


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My lay clients often instruct me at stressful times when they and their families face difficult decisions about future care planning, or are in dispute with a Local Authority or the NHS regarding care funding. I get great satisfaction from helping my clients to resolve challenging situations for their families.


I graduated (many years ago) with 2:1 in American Studies and English from University of Keele. After a career in university administration I retrained in law and graduated with Distinction from the Graduate Diploma in Law at University of Brighton in August 2014. I won a number of prizes including for best first year Law student, and best second year Law student and for best performance in the contract law and criminal law modules.

I joined Martin Searle Solicitors as a member of the support team in January 2015 and trained as a Legal Executive with the Community Care Law team. I was delighted to be admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in February 2019.

Other experience

Before retraining as a lawyer, I 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 also dallied with a career in journalism and completed the NCTJ qualification in 2007

I am very pleased with my new-found career as a Community Care lawyer. I enjoyed the Postgraduate Diploma in Law at University of Brighton and am delighted to catch up with the Law staff when I represent Martin Searle Solicitors at the Brighton Business School awards each summer.

I have a life too

I spend weekends trying to drag my son away from Fortnite and the PS3 into the fresh air. I love living by the sea and enjoy rock-pooling in Ovingdean and swimming in the sea. I am looking forward to using the paddleboard Santa bought me for Christmas. I love cooking (and eating!), reading, and watching American crime, law and political dramas. I keep fit by running and hope to participate in the 2020 Brighton marathon, which is currently planned for September 2021.

Get in touch with Clare

Martin Searle Solicitors, 9 Marlborough Place, Brighton, BN1 1UB
T: 01273 609 991

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