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Expanding Our Teams & Offering New Education Law Services

We are delighted to welcome three new solicitors to our Employment and Community Care and Education Law Teams.

Sara Clarke joins our Community Care Law department as Education Law solicitor.

Sara trained and worked at Leigh Day Solicitors and recently worked as a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Caseworker and Tribunals Officer for a Local Authority. She is experienced in Special Educational Needs law and advocacy in the SEND Tribunal.

Her expertise means we can now offer specialist integrated education and community care legal services for clients aged 0-25 who have education, health and care needs as a result of injury or disability.

Paula Jones also joins our Community Care Law team having previously worked as a Community Care Law solicitor for a Local Authority. Paula specialises in Mental Capacity cases and Mental Health law and was the Local Authority’s lead for the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

Cate Searle, head of Community Care Law, says: ‘‘There is a huge national demand for specialist education law advice for both Professional Deputies and for vulnerable clients and their families. As one of few specialist firms that provide Education and Community Care Law services to Professional Deputies and Attorneys, we can now provide a holistic service to disabled children and to young people transitioning to adult social care. Having two new colleagues who have worked for local authorities widens our overall experience as a team and enhances our services to our clients.”

Sarah Henderson joins our Employment Law department to meet the ever-increasing demand for complex Employment Tribunal representation following the scrapping of Employment Tribunal fees.

Sarah’s experience is wide ranging having worked at national trade union firm, Thomsons, for employees, as well as acting for employers at the Government Legal Department.

Fiona Martin, head of Employment Law, says: “I’m delighted to welcome such an experienced Employment Tribunal litigator. Not only does she have invaluable experience having carried out a high volume of litigation for both employers and employees, she cares about her clients and works hard to obtain the best outcome on all her cases.’’

About the author

Cate Searle


Based primarily in our Brighton office, I lead the community care law team. As one of a very small number of solicitors specialising in NHS continuing healthcare law, I have built an expanding practice in this area which has given our firm a nationwide profile far and above its relative size. I also provide expert opinion on community care law issues for the specialist press, speak as a guest lecturer and train other legal professionals. In 2011 I was asked by the Law Commission to give my views as part of the consultation on proposals for inclusion in the Adult Health & Social Care Bill.

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