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Professional Deputies Testimonials

“Excellent knowledge, practical advice, real examples.”

Professional Deputy & Attorney Instructions

Rachel S

“I am a solicitor specialising in catastrophic brain injury personal injury claims. We recently instructed Cate Searle as an expert in the field of public funding to prepare a report for the Court on a particular case involving a person in a minimal state of consciousness.

Cate was instructed to prepare a report, advising on the likelihood of our client remaining eligible in the future for continuing healthcare funding from the NHS and any likely changes that would be made to the client’s public funding in the future.

Cate’s report was balanced, authoritative, incisive and extremely helpful. Both Queens Counsel and I were very impressed with the quality of Cate’s work.

Cate also later provided advice to the client and the care home on how best to maximise the client’s chances of retaining continuing healthcare funding, which our clients were very pleased with.  We were impressed with the quality of Cate Searle’s work throughout”.

Services for Professional Deputies & Attorneys instruction

Francis Lacy Scott, Partner ASB Law

”The Employment Law team at Martin Searle Solicitors provides employment expertise and support to my firm where we act as Professional Deputy or on behalf of Lay Deputies. Their advice is always clear and concise, and it is out pleasure to recommend them.”

Employment Law Deputy Services

Jane Bennett, Managing Director at JE Bennett Law, Solicitor & Court of Protection Deputy

“First class delivery and understanding of the subject matter.”

MBL Training on Community Care Law

Eric Hanson, Director, Billson & Sharp

“Cate was excellent – knowledgeable and authoritative, but entirely approachable.”

Professional Deputy Instructions

Maya C

“Excellent and very knowledgeable. Well presented. It was far and away the best course I have attended in a long time.”

MBL Training on Community Care Law

Sara Jane Chorkley, Head of Private Client, Donald Race & Newton Solicitors Limited


“Thanks to your recent course my client now has nearly £6,000 back in his account. The Local Authority were not interested in CRAG in relation to my 12 week property disregard argument.

However, I also used your quote from Care & Support Statuary Guidance Annex B asking for discretion and discretion is what I got! Not the full fees but £492 per week, the LA rate and therefore a significant refund.

If I hadn’t been on your course, I would have taken the Local Authority’s word for it that because my client was just over the threshold on the date that he became a permanent resident then he was not entitled to the 12 week property disregard. Many, many thanks.”

Professional Deputy Advice & Support

RG, legal assistant in private client & Deputy team, SW England

“Absolutely amazing speaker and course.”

MBL Training

Jannina Beckett, Jaycon Legal

“Matthew Grant provides employment expertise and support to my firm where we act as professional deputy or on behalf of lay deputies. His advice is always clear and concise, and it is our pleasure to recommend him and Martin Searle Solicitors.”

Services for Professional Deputies & Attorneys instruction

Jane Bennett, Managing Director at JE Bennett Law, Solicitor, & professional Court of Protection Deputy

”Chloe’s training was very clear and helpful! Most useful course I have attended in a long time.”

MBL Training, Social Services Funding and Private Funding for Long Term Care

Jennifer N

“Practical advice given from someone with significant hands-on experience and clearly passionate about her work.”

Community Care Law Advice For Professionals

Simon W

”We recently asked Cate Searle to provide some training to us as Professional Deputies and to our support team in relation to the Care Act and welfare benefits.


Cate was extremely knowledgeable and provided really useful case studies which helped illustrate the issues to be aware of in a very practical and understandable way.


Every member of the team found the training both engaging and informative and I would not hesitate to recommend this to other Professional Deputies and their teams.’

Care Act Advice

Richard S

“Chloe was very clear and easy to follow – also kept content interesting.”

MBL Seminars

Kenny Taylor, Solicitor at Jacobs & Reeves

”Cate is brilliant in meetings dealing with sensitive issues in Social Services meetings, having the experience and ability to respond quickly and professionally in challenging matters. The written advice received is excellent, thorough and answers the questions raised. With Cate’s help, I am gaining valuable experience.”

Social Services Meetings

Liz D, Professional Deputy

“I was so impressed by her knowledge of the subject matter that I instructed her in my capacity as Court of Protection Deputy when a client’s NHS continuing healthcare was withdrawn. Cate assisted me in appealing this decision. It’s a pleasure to work with Cate and to be able to call upon someone who is experienced in this complex area of law.”

Services for Professional Deputies & Attorneys instruction

Anne Caswell, Owner Carters Solicitors LLP

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