Legal Advice for Community Care.

Our Community Care Team have expert knowledge on all aspects of Community Care Law, including funding for elderly or disability care.

Navigating changes can be challenging and distressing.

We uncomplicate the legal process.

We work proactively with you to ensure that you receive tailored, comprehensive and sympathetic advice so that you or your relative understand the care received and the financial implications of this care.

Employment Law

We understand that going into a care home or receiving care within the community can be a demanding and frustrating time for the individual involved and for their relatives, both financially and emotionally.

The legal framework in which Community Care operates is ever changing and at FBC Manby Bowdler we have a specialist Community Care Team in place whose responsibility it is to navigate those changes for you, ensure that you or your relative understands the care received and the financial implications of this care.

Our Community Care Team draws together lawyers who have expert knowledge on all aspects of Community Care Law, in particular the funding of care for the elderly and the disabled, both during life and after death. We can provide you with clear guidance and support through what can be a challenging and distressing time.


Dementia Friends

Michelle Monnes-Thomas is FBC Manby Bowdler’s Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friends’ Training Champion and heads the Firm’s support of this initiative. 

Though training, workshops and community engagement Michelle leads efforts to educate colleagues about dementia and improve the service we offer to sufferers and those who care for them.

The Team can provide clear advice on a number of issues in this areas including:

Advising on Local Authority Financial Assessments including advice on assets and income to be disregarded as part of this assessment

Advising on jointly owned property

Advising on third party contributions required towards a relative’s care fees

Assisting previous self funders in securing Local Authority Funding for Future Care Fees

Attending assessments and reviews with patients and relatives of patients

Challenging decisions to withdraw NHS Continuing Health Care following review

Advising on potential challenges concerning deliberate deprivation of capital/income

Defending claims made by the Local Authority (particularly regarding Deferred Payment Plans) against an individual

Recovering retrospective nursing care fees previously paid for both a deceased and live patient

Michelle Monnes-Thomas

Working With Our Service Team

Our legal experts work proactively with you to ensure that you receive tailored, comprehensive and sympathetic advice that assists in uncomplicating the legal process, ensuring at all times you understand what is being done on your families behalf.

- Michelle Monnes-Thomas

If you have an enquiry in relation to Community Care law or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your personal capital is over £23,250 then you will be required to self-fund the cost of care fees. If your capital falls between £23,250 - £14,250 then you will be eligible to receive partial funding from your local council. Should your capital be £14,250 or below then the council will pay for the majority of your care fees.

Community Care is the phrase used to describe the services and support available to help people live with dignity and independence in the community or within a care setting. These services are predominantly provided by the NHS and social services, and can include help with care at home, respite care, decisions about what care is to be provided and the right care environment, discharge from hospital, funding for care and help with meeting long-term care needs.

NHS Continuing Healthcare is funding provided by the NHS and awarded to those who are deemed to have a primary health need. Eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare is decided by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). Needs are assessed within criteria set out in the Department for Health’s National Framework. Assessors look at the nature or type of needs, the intensity (quantity and severity) of needs, and the complexity and unpredictability.

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If you have a legal enquiry and would like to speak to one of our specialist team, please get in touch. We aim to respond within 2 hours of receiving your enquiry and look forward to hearing from you.

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Meet Your Lawyers

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What Our Clients Say

We chose FBC Manby Bowdler because they were local to us and we are really glad that we did. They are very helpful and friendly, from reception through to the partner we spoke too. So easy to talk to and explained anything we were sure about.

Carina Kervin

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All the services which FBC Manby Bowdler have provided to me have been delivered efficiently, helpfully and supportively. With the challenging year of COVID this is much appreciated. Thank you to all the staff I have dealt with.

Carina Kervin

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Excellent service, all staff were friendly and efficient. Solicitor explained everything very well. Would recommend this company without hesitation. Gold star service.

Michelle Monnes-Thomas

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