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Martin Searle Solicitors Employment Law and Community Care law teams listed as “Leading Firms” in 2021 Legal 500 rankings

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We are pleased to announce that both our Employment Law and Community Care Law teams have been listed as a “Leading Firm” in the Legal 500 rankings for 2021.

Our Employment Law team have been listed for the eighth year running, and have been described as combining “expert knowledge with a pragmatic approach”. The Legal 500 notes our record of representing both employees and employers in age, race, disability and sex discrimination claims. Particular mention goes to Fiona Martin, Director and Head of Employment Law, for “sharing her knowledge and experience with the local HR community” and rising star Laura Donnelly, Associate Solicitor, is described as “exceptional”. Noting our “strong sense of moral responsibility”, they also highlight our work on pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination and for providing “advice that genuinely helps the local business community”.

Our Community Care law team are once again recognised for their expertise on handling health and social care disputes. They are described as an “impressive claimant-focused practice” with a “unique level of knowledge and technical ability in this area of law”. Cate Searle, Director and Head of Community Care Law, is described as “dogged and thorough to get justice for her clients” and “a really great person to work with”. Rising star Paula Jones, Associate Solicitor, is “the key name for mental capacity law matters” and Rachel Burley-Stower, Consultant Solicitor is described as “an expert in double recovery mandates”. The Legal 500 notes our “incredible depth of knowledge of all aspects of Community Care Law”.

It is heart-warming to see all our staff credited with “showing a great deal of sympathy and care”, and going “above and beyond, providing a great service”.

It is fantastic to see our hard work acknowledged in the Legal 500 rankings. This is the community law firm that Cate and I set out to create when we founded our firm back in 2004. We are proud that our vision and ethics are being reflected back to us by the Legal 500 and in our client testimonials.

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Fiona Martin


I lead the employment teams in our solicitors’ offices in Brighton, Eastbourne, Shoreham, Gatwick & Crawley and Croydon. As founding Director, I am also responsible for the firm’s marketing. I provide expert opinion for the press, disseminate employment law round-ups through my employment law blog and campaign on important issues such as maternity and disability discrimination. I train employers and HR professionals to be best practice managers and I am also a CEDR accredited mediator.

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