Shoreham expansion for award-winning law firm

Martin Searle Solicitors expands with opening of fifth office

Shoreham expansion for award-winning law firm

Directors forecast further growth in the region 

Martin Searle Solicitors, who offer niche and specialist services in Employment Law and Community Care Law are continuing their South East expansion. They are opening a new Shoreham office and have appointed a new Employment Law solicitor. A recruitment programme has also been launched to expand the firm’s expert Community Care Law services across Sussex.

From the Basepoint Business Centre in Shoreham, Laura Foster will be offering both employers and employees across West Sussex advice on anything from recruitment to redundancy including advice on making and defending discrimination claims.

Fiona Martin, Director and co-founder of Martin Searle Solicitors says the move into Shoreham is an indication of further expansion to come.

“Martin Searle Solicitors is now 11 years old and we have grown from strength to strength. This is because we are an expert, niche firm who really do give a damn about our clients. Our success is due to the powerful combination of employing people who genuinely care about their clients and giving something back through our Community Engagement Programme. This inspires many business contacts and clients to recommend us. In fact we have grown, by word of mouth recommendations, in a climate where many other solicitors are shutting up shop.”

According to Fiona, a local presence is crucial to further growth. “People still want to be able to sit down and talk to their lawyer in person. We employ a team of tenacious lawyers who know their patch, who understand the issues facing people in their particular area, and who are interested in getting involved with businesses and organisations in their neighbourhood. Laura is a welcome addition as she is local to Shoreham and will be working at our new Shoreham office. I’m very excited she is joining us.

About her decision to join the firm, Laura said: “This is a firm that has won awards for its commitment to the local community and its campaign for women’s rights, by regularly mounting pregnancy and maternity discrimination campaigns. As the legal services sector becomes increasingly commoditised, it is refreshing to meet people who are bucking the trend – building success from equal measures of commitment, ethics, honesty and integrity. I am thoroughly excited to be here.”

Martin Searle Solicitors was founded in Brighton by Fiona Martin and Cate Searle in 2004 to provide specialist legal advice and support in Employment and Community Care Law. Today, the firm employs 15 members of staff across five offices.

The new office opening coincides with the firm’s 11th anniversary in June, and plans are currently underway to expand across Sussex as more people seek legal assistance to help challenge social services on care funding decisions.

One of only a small number in the country who specialise in NHS continuing healthcare law, Cate Searle heads Martin Searle’s Community Care Law department. She says: “A growing number of elderly people are unfairly being asked to pay for their own nursing home care. Instructed by families, charities, and voluntary organisations, my team helps these people challenge poor decisions by the NHS and social services to make sure they receive the care they are entitled to. There is a lot of demand for our expertise and we are currently recruiting to further grow the team.”

According to Cate, the firm’s success in this area is in part owed to the team’s hands-on experience. “Specialist lawyers that have a practical background in adult social care bring invaluable expertise and insight to the work we do. It is that combination of legal acumen and knowledge of the care system, from having worked as practitioners themselves which means we win cases and successfully appeal decisions.”

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