By 5th March 2019 September 12th, 2019 No Comments

We are often approached by families, carers and advocates at different stages of an individuals life to support, advise and provide representation.   Our help is sought at a time when decisions are being made on an individuals behalf in their “best interests” because it is felt that they cannot make that decision for themselves, due to a lack of capacity.   These decisions usually concern where they live, their care, support and treatment, and their contact with other people.

We advise many families and individuals who disagree with the decisions and actions of their local authority, social services, health authorities and even other family members.

We also advise and represent clients, families and their independent advocates when someone is being “deprived of their liberty”, either in a hospital or care home setting, or in an independent living or domestic setting.

It is sometimes necessary to ask the Court of Protection to make a decision when agreement as to what is best cannot be reached, or if an individual or their family object to a deprivation of liberty.

We understand that it can be very difficult to try and help a loved one suffering from mental health or incapacity, many families tell us that they do not know what help and support their loved one needs, or may be entitled to.

If you feel that you or a loved one are not receiving the services you need our specialist community care solicitors can advise and assist you, we often support clients and their families on matters concerning  the Care Act, making sure you receive the right care package at home or in a care home and helping you to remain living at home.

Our public law departments are committed to protecting the rights of the vulnerable, headed by Rachel Eastham, Solicitor and dual law society accredited practitioner.  In addition to being an assessor for the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) scheme, Rachel is an accredited mental health practitioner, and also an “Accredited Legal Representative”, allowing clients to confidently choose a practitioner with mental capacity expertise and the experience of working closely with vulnerable individuals and their family to understand and protect their best interests.

To speak to a member of our court of protection team please call us on 01282 438446 or email

Rachel directly