I had the privilege to speak to an audience of professional deputies from across the country at the recent Court of Protection Masterclass hosted by my colleagues from our Court of Protection Costs Team. I spoke about capacity to marry and enter into sexu…
We have a large, talented team of lawyers who specialise in mental capacity advice and have a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in Court of Protection practice.
They give solid practical advice, and they fight the client's corner without being aggressive; they're sensible and practical.Chambers UK 2019
The firm has a client-focused philosophy and creates the right outcomes for the clients, supported by the level of technical expertise and knowledge in the firm, which is truly exceptional.Chambers UK 2016
We advise deputies on their management duties and obligations, as well as providing specific advice on a wide range of applications relating to property and financial affairs and health and welfare matters.
Our expertise stretches far beyond non-contentious matters and we have a specialist, award winning Contentious Private Client team, one of very few in the country, who advise on mental capacity and Court of Protection disputes. They are ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and Lynsey Harrison, who heads up the team, is named as a national Leader in this area of law.
Disputes can often arise in respect of the property and affairs of a person who lacks mental capacity and specialist help will be required. This type of dispute could be over matters such as who will deal with that person’s financial affairs? Are that person’s financial affairs being administered correctly? Does the person who lacks capacity need a statutory will? Sometimes a dispute can arise over whether or not an individual has mental capacity to make a particular decision.
In these circumstances our specialist team can assist. Where necessary, they work closely with our private client lawyers to provide expert, seamless advice to resolve these sensitive and often distressing matters. They focus on trying to resolve disputes long before litigation is undertaken but, if needed, our team of highly experienced litigators will robustly protect the interests of our clients.
The Court of Protection team is ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and is described as a “strong and talented team” who “always demonstrate the willingness to go the extra mile and think outside the box”.
Flexible, practical and commercially minded, we are fully aware of the pressures and constraints within the complex and shifting landscapes of Court of Protection Costs.
We have a dedicated team of expert Court of Protection legal costs specialists, who deal with these matters on a day to day basis.
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A recent Court of Protection decision has provided additional guidance on the circumstances in which a person holding a Power of Attorney can make gifts to themselves.