I joined the Court of Protection department at Irwin Mitchell in November 2007 and I am a Partner based in the Sheffield office.
I specialise in identifying and dealing with the best possible legal structure within which personal injury and clinical negligence damages can be managed, either through the medium of a Court of Protection Deputyship or a personal injury trust.
I advise clients in relation to making applications to the Court of Protection including property and affairs deputyships, discharge of deputyships, review of orders, Statutory Wills, gifts on behalf of incapacitated individuals, establishment and administration of trusts and obtaining authority for specific acts.
I also provide clients with advice and assistance on Lasting Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and the use of personal injury trusts to protect entitlement to means tested benefits and the establishment of children’s trusts for those who receive a compensation payment before they reach 18 years of age.
In addition, I had joint conduct of the precedent setting case of Niall Baker v H and The Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts of England and Wales (colloquially referred to as Re H) which established the principals on which the Deputy’s security bond is to be assessed.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I wanted a challenging career in which I would be able to help solve problems in a practical way. I enjoy assisting different types of people and making a real difference to their lives.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I obtain great fulfilment from assisting those who are incapable of managing their affairs and who can be amongst the most vulnerable in society. I am proud to be able to contribute to a client's rehabilitation following a serious, life changing injury and to ensure they have appropriate support in place to enable them to lead an independent a life as possible.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy working in an extremely supportive environment with colleagues who are also dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for clients. I am privileged to work as part of a nationally recognised department.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I am a travel enthusiast who, whilst being a member of the local health club, loves eating out!