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Local community care law specialists Martin Searle Solicitors are joining forces with Brighton-based accountants Antrams to offer a unique, multi-discipline insight for local people and their professional advisers into financial planning for retirement. The firms have already co-hosted one event to help local people make better financial plans for their retirement and they are now working on a series of workshops designed to help professional advisers understand the full range of issues involved.

Martin Searle will use the workshops to deliver expert and practical guidance on key elements of the law relating to continuing healthcare funding. Antrams, a long established tax and accountancy practice with a team of independent financial advisers, will provide up-to-date advice in relation to investments, pension and tax planning for retirement.

Antrams’ partner Stephen Antram explains: “We have a large number of referrals from solicitors and other professional advisers who see the benefit for clients of the very broad high-level financial expertise found at Antrams. Our objective for these workshops is to help more advisers understand the sort of retirement advice their clients should be getting. Joining forces with Martin Searle Solicitors to add topics relating to care funding arrangements adds real value to the workshops.”

The first FREE professionals’ workshop is on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 12pm at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Designed for solicitors working in wills and probate, the workshop will use case studies to illustrate relevant aspects of community care law and explore the record keeping requirements arising from recent changes in inheritance tax law. In addition, the head of legal services at Standard Life will investigate the mistakes that are made in inheritance tax planning and offer solutions. Solicitors interested in attending should email

Cate Searle, community care law director at Martin Searle Solicitors, said: “When people need nursing care in a nursing home or at home, accessing NHS funding can be a frustrating process. Forward planning can make it easier. Professional advisers need to understand the law to better advise their clients. In particular, this next workshop will help wills and probate solicitors ensure clients have not paid care fees that should have been covered by the NHS.”


For further information contact Belinda Gannaway on 01273 551448 or Cate Searle direct on 01273 609911 or

Notes to editors:

About Martin Searle Solicitors (

Based in the heart of Brighton, Martin Searle Solicitors is committed to providing affordable community care law advice and social services advice relating to all services in the community care service. This includes needs assessments, waiting lists and eligibility, charges and funding, accommodation, respite care, hospital discharge, care in the home and service reduction. The firm has some of the most experienced community care lawyers in the region.

About Antrams (

Antrams is a client focused tax and financial services business which has had a presence in Brighton for more than 20 years. It offers clients an integrated service which brings much more than the pure regulated investment services approach. The multi-discipline structure is designed to provide wealthier clients with a financial overview and take advantage of the connected nature of investment and tax related advice.

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