I am a Partner in the Court of Protection team, based in our Manchester office.
I'm appointed by the Court of Protection team to act as a professional deputy for people who have lost capacity to manage their financial affairs. Most of my clients have received multi-million-pound settlements as a result of serious injury or medical negligence.
I work closely with both our Personal Injury and Medical Negligence teams to manage interim payments for clients until their claims are fully settled. I also provide expert evidence to budget future deputyship support costs for them. This means the compensation claim can be set at the right level, to ensure they receive the right care and support that they need for the rest of their lives.
Once a claim has settled, I support clients with their everyday financial affairs. This may involve investing their compensation, buying and adapting a property that is suitable for their needs, and putting rehabilitation packages in place for them.
I also deal with Statutory Will applications - this is for when a client lacks capacity to give instructions about their own Will and the Court of Protection must do it on their behalf. This can be a sensitive area and may be complex when family members are not in agreement as to what should happen.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
It was a bit of a circuitous route - I was working in an administrative role at a law firm when I realised what I really wanted to be doing was working with clients. After I qualified as a legal executive the chance came up to work in the Court of Protection team and I jumped at the opportunity. This niche area of law is exactly what I had envisaged, working closely with clients and making a real difference every day.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Simple - being able to make a difference for my clients. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing the smile on a client's face when you've achieved a successful outcome for them.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I enjoy spending time with my family and our two French bulldogs. I'm also an avid football fan, and enjoy mountain biking and playing golf (very badly).