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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Jennifer Mellani, Healthcare Specialist Lawyer

Jennifer Mellani

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Legal Services Manager

Jennifer is a specialist Healthcare Lawyer who led on transactions stemming from some of the major reforms in the NHS including: the “Transforming Community Services Agenda”, Personalisation Agenda and Direct Payments, Health and Social Care Act reforms. She also acted in her past in-house role as an advocate for the “...

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Ifeoma Njoku

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Solicitor

Ifeoma advises clients in respect of adult social care, mental health matters, Court of Protection and Judicial Review applications, Immigration and Human Rights as well as complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman. Ifeoma is an advocate and represents clients in both the court of protection and county court thereby saving ...

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Robin Donaldson

Health, Social Care and Deputyship - Solicitor

Robin is a solicitor in the Health and Social Care Team. He advises on all areas relating to adult social care including the Care Act 2014, safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, integration between NHS bodies and local authorities, the Mental Health Act 1983, forced marriage, Ordinary ...

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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.

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