Paying For Residential Care: A Guide For Private Client Practitioners

Paying For Residential Care: A Guide For Private Client Practitioners is a follow-up to the bestselling Coldrick on Care Home Fees. This book provides both continuity and significant change in this complex subject. 

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  • Publication date: November, 2017
  • Pages: 400
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-308-9


Paying For Residential Care: A Guide For Private Client Practitioners is authored by Austin Thornton, co-author of the previous editions of this title.

The new edition is a complete rewrite, which has been necessitated by the introduction of the Care Act 2014 and the repeal of the previous law. 

In a departure from the second edition, the book includes a full section on the legal basis for NHS continuing care eligibility and how to pursue appeals.

It provides comprehensive cover of the Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014, and will assist advisors in risk assessing the use of family trusts.

It is hoped that this work will allow those advisors who are prepared to put in the work necessary to learn the material to make a decent job of arguing with councils and the NHS on the range of topics that are covered.

The ultimate aim of this book is therefore to assist the public by enabling lawyers and other advisors to assist them.



The book provides full advice on:

  • Obtaining residential care under the Care Act 2014;
  • Protecting the home;
  • How means testing works;
  • The disregards of residential property;
  • Top-ups;
  • Deferred payments;
  • Deprivation of capital and income disputes;
  • Enforcement methods available to local authorities;
  • Care fees planning;
  • NHS continuing care; and
  • Dispute resolution processes.

The book is:

  • ​Authored by an expert with over two decades of experience in the field.
  • The only book on the market that gives advanced solicitor-level advice on statute, case law and guidance, setting out how to solve problems that arise in residential care comprehensively.
  • Explores policy issues in the sector.


Austin Thornton
Austin Thornton began his legal career in the advice sector providing debt and welfare benefits advice at Huddersfield Citizens Advice Bureau in the 1980s and early 1990s. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995, working for the GLP group in Salford. He provided a legal aid social welfare law service in the areas of debt, family crime and housing law and in the latter area was legal aid franchise supervisor. During this period Austin also worked in personal injury law and left GLP to specialise in this area from 2000 to 2009, during which period he was promoted to partner at a major northern firm. Wishing to return to social welfare law, Austin joined the Sheffield office of Wrigleys Solicitors LLP in 2010 where he specialises in community care and Court of Protection work. He has provided expert witness reports with regard to the impact of statutory funding on damages recovery in personal injury cases and is often consulted by other solicitors relating to community care issues affecting their cases. Austin is a regular speaker, providing both training and talks in his areas of interest and has published a number of articles in Private Client Adviser, Journal of Social Care and Neurodisability and Journal of Personal Injury Law. He is a legal adviser to Sheffield Carers Centre where he runs a free legal clinic. Austin is a director of Wrigleys Trustees Ltd, a trust corporation appointed as Court of Protection as deputy for property and affairs. His particular role as deputy is to deal with care issues for clients, advising on the management of money for care, liaising with statutory services and resolving disputes over the provision of care.

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