Adult Law

Our team advises social services, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and mental health foundation trusts on all matters affecting vulnerable people. This includes mental health, deprivation of liberty and mental capacity.

Protecting society’s most vulnerable

With an ageing population there is an increasing need for specialist, cost effective adult social care advice for local government and other public sector organisations. ELS provides advice on issues around mental capacity, vulnerable adults and deputyship helping health and social care providers manage their services to protect vulnerable individuals.


The cultural sensitivities around cases involving immigration, forced marriages and FGM call for considered advice from a team that is regularly engaged in these areas of the law. Our highly experienced legal professional’s help clients understand and overcome the complexities and challenges of these circumstances.

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Carolyn Whaymand, Head of Adult Law and Deputyship

Carolyn Whaymand

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Legal Services Manager

Carolyn has extensive experience in adult social care law, Mental Health and Immigration. Carolyn also specialises in dealing with all aspects of law relating to vulnerable adults including: Human Rights, Honor Based Abuse and Forced Marriages. She is an advocate before the Court of Protection and the Principal Registry of the ...

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To find out how we can help you and your organisation, please get in touch by phone or email, or visit us at our Chelmsford office.


ELS is the inhouse service of Essex County Council.  Essex Legal Services Limited is the trading vehicle of ELS

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