Kerry Short

Head of Community Care

About Kerry Short

I lead the Community Care team, looking after areas such as mental health, mental capacity, adult safeguarding, inquests, ordinary residence, community care.

I have worked in this area for over 10 years and understand that one of the greatest concerns for clients is dealing with solicitors and the courts. My approach is to combine my own experience as a solicitor with my understanding of the area and the need to advise in plain English and think around each problem to consider potential issues, both legal and non-legal in order to best support each client.

I particularly enjoy the fact that no day at Invicta Law is the same and each day can present a new challenge to solve.

 

Community Care News

The Liberty Protection Safeguards: Changes to DOLS

Protecting a Vulnerable Adult with Capacity to Enter into Sexual Relations: The Role of the Local Authority and the Courts

Significant Rise in Deprivation of Liberty Applications in the Last Quarter

Asylum: Kent County Council Children’s Services advised and represented by Invicta Law has won an important asylum case in the High Court

Areas of expertise

  • Adult Social Welfare
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental health & capacity
  • Ordinary residence
  • Inquests
  • Community care
I support busy and hard-working social care professionals by helping them to understand the law and comply with their duties to ensure that their good practice is backed up by legal compliance.

I’ve always appreciated and admired the Community Care team’s sound judgement and professionalism and the way you keep service users at the heart of what you do

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Client testimonials

“Kent County Council’s 18+ service is supported by the Invicta Law asylum team providing impeccable legal advice in assisting our service to support asylum seeking care leavers in Kent.”
Leaving Care Service - Kent County Council
“The Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking (UAS) Children’s Service is grateful for the support your team provides in defending its age assessments and responding to UAS child-related legal matters. I and the Service look forward to working with you in 2024-25.’ ”
UAS Children’s Service - Kent County Council
“South East Strategic Migration Partnership (SESPM) have worked successfully with Invicta Law over a number of years and their support, advice and training has been a key element to our work in this field. They have offered value for money training which has received extremely high levels of positive feedback from participating local authorities in the South East. Our experience is that the advice and training, especially related to Age Assessments and undertaking Human Rights Assessments, has been particularly helpful for local authorities here. ”
South East Strategic Migration Partnership
“The service so far has very good feedback for both of your case holders assisting. We thank you again for your supplemental service to Lambeth ASC at this very busy time for our in-house legal team.”
Community Care - London Borough of Lambeth
“The services we have had from Invicta Law have been excellent, both from the legal discussions but also the support we have received to increase my staff’s knowledge of the age assessment process. There have been times during some of our most challenging periods when I have communicated with members of your team at weekends and out of office hours, and the colleagues we have worked with have gone above and beyond in helping us in Torbay.”
Children's Services - Torbay Council
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
Private Sector Town Planning & Development Consultancy
“The experience has been really top end. Rather than just offering the options, they have given some real solid advice on the best route. It's a good business 'partnering' approach.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
“Their employment advice has always proved to be sound. I’ve worked with lots of different lawyers in London boroughs and I’d also say that Invicta Law is the most solution-focused.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service

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