Charlotte Bromley is an Associate in Clarke Willmott’s Southampton Private Capital team advising and representing individuals in respect of Health and Welfare matters before the Court of Protection. Charlotte joined Clarke Willmott LLP in November 2015 after training and working as a solicitor in a regional firm since 2009.
In her previous role Charlotte specialised in mental health law and has experience in advising individuals subject to the Mental Health Act whether detained in hospital, living in the community or restricted patients transferred from prison. Charlotte achieved accreditation by The Law Society’s Mental Health Scheme in April 2014 demonstrating her approved level of knowledge and expertise in this area of law.
Charlotte now specialises in the provision of advice pertaining to important welfare decisions, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and applications before the Court of Protection pursuant to the Mental Capacity Act. She is a member of the Mental Health Lawyers Association and the South West Court of Protection Practitioners Association. In addition, Charlotte sits on the committee for Hampshire Incorporated Law Society.
Charlotte has a passion for working with vulnerable individuals including those who have been deprived of their liberty against their will or those that lack the capacity to make important decisions in relation to their health and welfare. Such decisions may concern contact with a family member, where they should reside and the care arrangements necessary to meet their needs. Bringing an application before the Court of Protection can be a daunting prospect but Charlotte regularly represents incapacitated individuals by their litigation friend providing expert advice and guidance on sensitive issues and complex circumstances. Charlotte’s specialism encompasses community care matters, advice on the provisions of the Care Act 2014. Charlotte can assist in determination of an individual’s eligibility for legal aid, dependent upon the merits of the case.
Successfully advising the litigation friend acting on behalf of an incapacitated individual deprived of their liberty in a care home, to bring a challenge before the Court of Protection which secured the individuals return to their home following the first hearing in accordance with their wishes.
Representation of a vulnerable adult with a diagnosis of Korsakoff’s psychosis and detained in a care home following discharge from treatment in hospital. Successfully advising the Official Solicitor on an appropriate care package to facilitate the individuals return home to her husband.
Advising paid representatives and litigation friends on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards framework, representation at Best Interest Meetings with the local authority and guidance on the appropriateness of care and support plans pursuant to the Care Act 2014.