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Paula Jones

Community Care Solicitor

“I have unique insight into Local Authority decision making, having spent many years working as a Community Care Solicitor at a Local Authority. I appreciate the challenges people face when seeking assistance and have the necessary experience to achieve the best result on their behalf.”


Based at our Brighton Office, I work with the Community Care Law team to provide advice and representation with particular expertise in Mental Capacity Law, including Best Interest Decision making and Safeguarding adults at risk.


I also have expertise in:

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Litigation and advocacy in Court of Protection contested proceedings
  • Funding disputes, financial assessments, deprivation of assets and direct payments
  • Care planning and disputes over care provision under the Care Act 2014
  • Court of Protection litigation in Health and Welfare
  • Safe discharge from hospital
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare


I work with a wide range of clients, including carers, family members and service users. I am a Dementia Friend and assist adults with learning disabilities.


I have a BSc in Combined Science from Brighton University. I completed my law conversion course at the College of Law in Guildford with a Commendation in 2000 and the LPC in 2002 with a Distinction.

Other experience

Prior to joining Martin Searle Solicitors, I worked as an in-house Solicitor for a Local Authority advising and representing the Local Authority on all aspects of Community Care, Mental Capacity and Mental Health law. I was the Local Authority’s lead for the implementation of the Care Act 2014 and provided regular training for their professionals.

I was an Associate Lecturer at the Open University in the fields of public law, criminal law and employment law for over 8 years.

I have a life too

I enjoy hiking across the South Downs with my 2 dogs and riding my horse.

I am a regular fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support and have undertaken a number of challenges, including hiking 100km along the South Downs Way in 26 hours and climbing the two 2 highest peaks in the Atlas mountains.

To unwind, I enjoy good food and wine with friends and family, and I regularly practice yoga.

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