Community Care

Public Law Solicitors has a national reputation as a leading community care law practice.

Community care law concerns the rights of individuals to receive services in the community. These are usually provided by the social services departments of local authorities.  Services may be provided to vulnerable individuals, such as children, the elderly, adults with physical and learning disabilities, people with mental health problems.

Community care services can include the right to residential accommodation, including care home accommodation, the provision of help in the home, grants and assistance with housing adaptations, the provision of community based services such as day centres and respite, and transport to these facilities, appropriate support for people with mental health problems, access to appropriate advocacy services.

We provide advice and, where necessary, legal action, in relation to all aspects of community care law including:

  • The right to have an assessment of care needs
  • Whether someone is eligible for community care services
  • How community care needs are met
  • The right to direct payments
  • What charges can be made for community care services
  • Protecting vulnerable adults
  • The rights of children in care and leaving care
  • Carers’ rights
We act both for individuals and groups affected by decisions about community care services. We have experience of challenging decisions on behalf of groups of service users, their families and carers in relation to decisions to close facilities such as respite care centres or care homes.

Where our clients are incapacitated we have experience of working either with family members or the Official Solicitor acting on that person’s behalf.

We have a contract with the Legal Services Commission to provide a specialist support service to other solicitors and advisers in community care law.

Karen Ashton is the co-author of the community care law update in Legal Action Group magazine and has been accredited as a peer reviewer by the Legal Services Commission. Karen and Stephen Lodge also provide training in community care law for Legal Action Group.

We provide training courses in Community Care law - more information can be found on our training pages.