Community Care Lawyers London
Community Care Law involves challenging decisions made by social services or, in some cases, a government department, where it is considered that they have acted unlawfully in how they are providing or funding services to children, young people, and elderly, vulnerable or disabled adults.
William Ford Partner
“Really successful and effective, capable of handling complex cases and responding to urgent situations and vulnerable clients.”
“The administrative and public law team at Osbornes are highly experienced with a consistently high standard of work. They have tackled some of the most important recent public law cases involving housing and social welfare issues.”
Specialist Community Care Lawyers
Our community care team can provide you with expert legal advice and assistance on a range of community care issues and challenges. We can support you through the process to ensure that you and your family receive the support and care which you need or are entitled to.
What decisions can you challenge?
As we know, funding for social care is already under considerable financial pressures and has been affected by cuts to budgets. As a result, those who are in need of support and care often find themselves lacking or without.
Children social services – we can advise and assist on a wide range of matters including:
- Requesting s.17 Children Act assessments in relation to duties owed towards children and their families
- Securing accommodation for children in need under s.20 of the Children Act.
- Challenging social services’ assessments by bringing a judicial review claim, where necessary.
- Securing relevant support and suitable accommodation for care leavers
- Helping families without recourse to public funds to access support and housing
Adult social services – we can advise and assist you with various matters including::
- Challenging Care Act assessments
- Requesting urgent interim accommodation pending assessment
- Dealing with disputes relating to level and type of care required
- Securing adaptations to your home
- Securing support with housing and welfare for people in the UK who have no recourse to public funds
- Care Home and nursing home assessments or placements
- Challenging incorrect or unfair care charges or other funding issues
- Assisting migrants who are being denied access to NHS healthcare or wrongly charged.
- Provide assistance in relation to decisions regarding NHS Continuing Healthcare.
Our specialist community care solicitors consider and deal with all types of community care issues. Our team have wide experience in bringing judicial review claims in the High Court.
Bringing a Judicial Review
Please contact us immediately if you require advice or assistance with challenging an assessment. In most cases there is a 3 month deadline from the date of the decision in question to bring a claim for judicial review claim.
"The team explains things clearly, is very responsive and goes the extra step to help those who need it."
"I was impressed and grateful from the very beginning - the team are extremely detailed, very thorough, helpful and reassuring at the same time. I would absolutely recommend Osbornes Law."
"Osbornes Law is efficient and focused, and clearly prioritises the client's interests."
‘Osbornes are very approachable; in a time where many firms are unwilling to take on cases that do not look promising, they are prepared to look at difficult situations and find a way to assist their clients.
"Osbornes is one of the firms that I consistently recommend. Excellent service, and thorough and knowledgable lawyers."
‘From the very first moment, I was aware and grateful to have been put in touch with Osbornes. The expertise, advice, leaving no stone unturned right from the first minute until the very last, I would most certainly recommend every single time.’
"The associates have a thorough knowledge of the area of law, communicate effectively and are incredibly easy to work with."
"They are a firm that likes a challenge and are prepared to do the groundwork to develop cases, even if it means much preparation without remuneration."
"It is clear the firm put the interests of the client first at all times."
"There’s a real sense of team ethic. It’s clear that internal communication and case recording are strong because if a solicitor handling a case is away the person covering is fully up to speed, has the necessary documents available to them and nothing falls through the cracks."
"If a short deadline comes up on an urgent case, solicitors are active in collaborating to ensure it can be met."
"The practice is ‘undoubtedly one of the best in the business‘ and has a strong reputation for complex disrepair cases and possession claims against local authorities and housing associations."
"Osbornes are an exceptional team. They have a wealth of housing experience and knowledge that is ‘top notch’. Clients are safe in their hands. As colleagues, they have a fantastic working relationship with each other and, feeding off of each other’s expert knowledge, their solicitors work to ensure that no stone is unturned."
"The team at Osbornes is inspired by its leader Will Ford, a truly first-rate, modern lawyer’s lawyer. The team have blossomed under his Will and are now packed with conscientious, dedicated and excellent lawyers who always give their clients 100%."
"Alex McMahon – thorough and committed. Very easy to work with."
"A committed and well-organised team with a good knowledge of the law and who work hard to secure a good outcome for their clients"
"Osbornes has an impressive social housing team and the quality of their work that I have seen is very high. Will Ford is a very well-regarded figure in the housing law world and leads a team of high quality and committed lawyers."
"Osbornes provide an incredibly high-quality service to their clients. The firm treats its legal aid clients with the same respect and commitment as if they were important private clients, which is rare and admirable. Their housing solicitors are also highly skilled and knowledgable."
"This is an outstanding firm with great attention to detail. They work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients. They have excellent client care skills and are extremely organised."
"They are at the forefront of legal developments in the field of social housing and community care. They are committed to using their multidisciplinary expertise to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients."
"This a great team - the quality of their work is amazing and they are very professional"
"An exceptional outfit. They take on difficult cases, fight hard and win."
"Osbornes team is noted for cross-practice expertise in areas such as housing and community care, which it brings to bear in disrepair, possession and homelessness cases involving vulnerable adults, individuals with language difficulties, the elderly and those with no recourse to public funds."
The social housing team is friendly, approachable and genuinely care about its clients.
A broad knowledge places the social housing department one step ahead of others when it comes to community care knowledge.
The social housing department always go the extra mile.
The social housing team has a strong track record in representing tenants in claims against local authorities and housing associations, with particular expertise in complex disrepair and possession cases.
Osbornes is commended for its 'rare level of commitment'.
Community Care Solicitors FAQs
Is there legal aid funding available for my case?
Our expert community care legal team are amongst a handful of firms in London who have a Legal Aid contract to undertake community care work. Please get in touch with us to find out if legal aid is available for your type of case and to check if you meet the financial requirements. Where your case cannot be funded by legal aid, we can offer competitive rates and potentially a fixed fee in some circumstances for our work.
Do I need to approach social services myself before I contact Osbornes Law for help?
It may be a requirement of legal aid funding that you have tried to request support or services yourself, or that there is a current assessment/care plan which you are seeking to challenge, before we can take on your case. There does need to be a legal issue involved, and it is not possible to obtain legal aid just to get general advice. It would be helpful when you contact us to have full details of your interactions with social services to date, to know their latest position and why you consider them to be acting unlawfully in your case.
How do I know if social services are acting unlawfully?
If you consider that you are eligible for support with your care needs and those care needs are unmet or only partially met by social services after an assessment has taken place, then social services may be acting unlawfully as they are not complying with their legal obligations. If there is a child in need who is without accommodation (or the people who normally care for the child are unable to do so), then children social services have a duty to carry out an assessment of the child’s needs and may be required to provide support and accommodation to the child’s welfare is protected. There are numerous ways in which a local authority’s social services department or a government department may be acting unlawfully. Please get in touch and we can confirm whether we are able to help with your case.
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Recent community care clients we have helped:
Our community care solicitors helped a 21 year old homeless young person get support with getting back into education and suitable accommodation from children’s social services as the young person was previously in the care of social services for 13 weeks between their 16th and 18th They had been turned away on numerous occasions and told to approach the housing department instead.
Osbornes Law have successfully challenged Care Act assessments which found that a disabled client had no eligible care or support needs, but with our assistance they were able to secure a care and support package including 20 hours of care per week.
We have helped our clients with no recourse to public funds access emergency housing and support from children social services whilst they carry out a s.17 Children Act assessment of the children and the family. Without such support the family would have been street homeless and destitute.
Support Groups & Useful links
For support for elderly, vulnerable and disabled adults:
Age UK (https://www.ageuk.org.uk/)
Carers UK (https://www.carersuk.org/)
Voice Ability (https://www.voiceability.org/)
For Children Act matters and advocacy services:
Coram Voice (https://coramvoice.org.uk/)
New Horizons (https://nhyouthcentre.org.uk/)
Action for Children (https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/)
For adults and families with no recourse to public funds:
Project 17 (https://www.project17.org.uk/)
No Recourse to Public Funds Network (http://www.nrpfnetwork.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx)