- Location: Leeds
- Role: Assistant Solicitor
- Practice Area: Community Care
Education and Qualifications:
- LLB Law (University of Huddersfield)
- Legal Practice Course (University of Huddersfield)
- 2013 – Qualified Solicitor
Tracey is a solicitor within the Community Care team.
Tracey has a legal background of 7 years experience as a Legal Assistant / Paralegal after completing her Law degree. She returned to university to complete the final stages of her academic training to become a solicitor before starting her training contract with Ridley & Hall Solicitors in July 2011.
She has previously had experience in conveyancing, education and care proceedings work as well as community care.
She became a qualified solicitor in January 2013 and since this time has continued to undertake public law/community care work.
Tracey advises and represents those wishing to challenge local authority assessments and decisions (including disabled adults, children in need, including disabled children, care leavers, carers and kinship carers).
She is experienced in representing clients in relation to obtaining from local authorities assessments, adequate care provision, appropriate placements including supported living, funding and disabled facilities grants.
She has experience of dealing with issues relating to care homes, including payment of care home fees and issues with assessed service user contributions for services provided by the local authority. She advises on and has experience in challenging NHS Continuing Healthcare funding decisions.
Tracey has experience of dealing with cases involving adults with autism and children with autism and challenging behaviour.
She is also experienced in representing grandparents and other family and friends carers in relation to obtaining child arrangements order allowances (previously known as residence order allowances), special guardianship order allowances, fostering allowances and other support from local authorities for children placed in their care. She provides advice to adopters and potential adopters about post adoption support.
She advises and represents carers. This can be those caring for other adults or parents or family and friends carers of disabled children. She understands the stresses and strains often felt by carers and the support that they require.
She is experienced in representing vulnerable clients which she does in a compassionate and caring manner.
Tracey is experienced in judicially reviewing decisions of local authorities as well as submitting complaints on behalf of service users through local authorities’ complaints procedures and to the Local Government Ombudsman and Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman.
She also acts in Court of Protection cases in disputes regarding mental capacity, ‘best interests’ and deprivation of liberty. She acts for both relatives and patients.