We have an excellent local and national reputation in relation to advising upon and challenging NHS Continuing Healthcare funding cases, Social Services paying for care rules and Safeguarding and Best Interest issues. Many of our new clients instruct us because we have been personally recommended to them by other satisfied clients and other legal professionals who know that we get proven results; or because they know about our community engagement work with local agencies such as Age UK, the Carers Centre and the Alzheimer’s Society. Clients choose us because we are true specialists in a very complicated area of the law
Our community care team delivers expert, specialist and tailor-made advice across the full range of Community Care Law issues affecting the vulnerable or elderly client or individuals with disabilities or caring responsibilities. Cate Searle and Paula Jones have experience of working in health and social care. This enhances their ability to bring effective challenges to decisions made by statutory services. We have a strong track record of successful NHS Continuing Healthcare cases and expertise in Mental Capacity Law, Best Interest Decision Making and Safeguarding. We are passionate about achieving fair outcomes.
Our team also supports private client solicitors, Professional Deputies and Attorneys in complicated case work as a result of the Care Act 2014 and all issues relevant to planning and paying for care.
Cate lectures and trains other legal professionals on all community care law topics through MBL and in-house.
Find out more about the Community Care Law team on our Meet the Team page.
We are committed to sharing information that allows you to gain a good understanding of the underlying law and processes without having to pay for this initial advice. We provide a range of free case studies, fact sheets and advice on our website that clients find invaluable as they begin to navigate the legal complexities of planning and paying for care, especially where there is so much misinformation and incorrect advice in the public domain.
Some work can be done within agreed fees appropriate to the facts of your case, which always includes a written opinion. We work closely together and pool our expertise for the benefit of all of our clients.
We will always provide you with clear advice at our initial meeting or telephone consultation, and then confirm the advice, your options and the next steps in writing. You can then make a decision about how to proceed – you may feel confident to take the next steps on your own with the benefit of our advice, or you may want us to run the case for you. We will always establish what you want to achieve; and we will be frank with you if we know that what you want will be hard to achieve. We will ensure that you understand the advantages, strengths and weaknesses of taking certain steps and what your legal costs are going to be.
We understand that making decisions and planning ahead in relation to the care and care funding that you, or a relative, needs can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. Sometimes clients want an outcome that it is unlikely that we – or any other legal adviser – can achieve. Where this happens, we will advise and take steps to ensure you are placed in the best possible position. Our advice is always sensitive, but frank and to the point. Sometimes you may not like what you hear, but following our advice will invariably save you a lot of stress and expense.
Our clients value our expert advice, but also value the way that we listen, understand and really care about the issues that are affecting them and their families. In the time that it can take to resolve your dispute with Health or Social Services, you can be confident that our approach will be dynamic and completely personalised. We pride ourselves in being different to bigger firms who can, unfortunately, adopt a “conveyor belt” approach to case work. Having our specialist team on your side ensures that we can make a difference by making sense of the law.