Duncan Lewis Solicitors are pleased to announce the internal appointment of Jemma Garside as Director of the firm’s Community Care team.
Jemma, who is based at the Duncan Lewis Hackney branch, operates a specialised practice in all areas of Community Care law and matters under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to Court of Protection proceedings.
Jemma is experienced in successfully obtaining community care assessments for vulnerable individuals with physical and mental disabilities, in order to assist them in being provided with community care services in order to meet their care needs. Jemma also assists clients in challenging assessments, eligibility criteria, reductions in services, charges for services and decisions in relation to direct payments. In addition, she assists clients in securing sufficient health care packages and NHS continuing care funding.
Jemma has a considerable practice in conducting successful claims for judicial review against a wide range of public bodies, including Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and the UK Border Agency. She has assisted in securing support and care packages for vulnerable children and adults and has also challenged decisions to refuse assistance to those with no recourse to public funds due to their immigration status.
Jemma often advises clients who are entitled to support and accommodation as former “looked after children”, and has experience in obtaining and disputing Pathway Plans. She also assists clients in obtaining age assessments for age disputed minors and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
The Duncan Lewis Community Care department assists vulnerable individuals in ensuring that they receive the care and support they need from their local community. Assisting people in their own homes, institutional accommodation or from health and housing services the Duncan Lewis Community Care department offers assistance to help access social care services for those who are not receiving the care they need. The excellence of the Duncan Lewis Community Care department lies in its unrivalled knowledge and experience and is amongst a handful of firms who have been awarded a Legal Aid Agency franchise for Community Care work. For assistance in all Community Care matters contact Duncan Lewis Solicitors today.