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I am a Partner and the Associate Manager of the Court of Protection team in Birmingham. In this role I am responsible for the management, leadership and growth of this busy office. In the past three years I have grown the team to a staff of 12, with plans for this growth to continue.
I trained as a Private Client Solicitor and am a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (‘SFE’). As a result of my background I have a keen interest in the trusts side of our Court of Protection work, providing a lot of the technical advice and drafting for the Personal Injury Trusts service line. I also assist my colleague Michael Knott with the investment management elements of his role.
I specialise in helping people manage their personal injury settlements in the best way, through the Court of Protection and trusts. I always work hard to explain the complicated issues of this area of law in plain and straightforward language that my clients can understand.
I have significant technical skills in complex deputyship, trust, tax, estate planning and statutory gift applications.
I’ve lectured for CLT on Personal Injury Trusts and regularly provide both internal and external training and advice sessions on Court of Protection and Trust matters.
I continue to be astonished by what our clients can achieve through grit and determination in challenging circumstances. I feel privileged that I am able to be a part of their support network.
I have a love of experimental cooking –I find it very therapeutic to be in the kitchen trying out new recipes and techniques.
I try and make time to read. I trained as an opera singer and still enjoy singing when I get the time – even if only in the car!
“Relaxed performances are a great opportunity to ensure that people of all ages and abilities are able to see a range of shows in a comfortable environment.
“It has become a bit of a tradition for us to arrange for some clients to head to the pantomime and we hope that everyone who came along this year enjoyed themselves.
“Many of those we work with face a great number of challenges in their lives, so we hope that arranging this performance helps them to get a much-needed break from their routines and also gives them a chance to relax too.”
“To see someone come back from a brain injury like Shane’s is nothing short of inspirational. His positive outlook and determination are proof that there can be life after serious injury.”
John’s recovery and continued rehabilitation has been amazing. His positive outlook and determination really are inspiring.
“Our work in the Court of Protection is about ensuring that people with brain injuries can live as independently as possible whether that is in adapted accommodation or ensuring they have the correct support from care workers and therapists.
“We are pleased that John is settling in well to his new flat and we look forward to continuing to support John in future.”
“Through our work we meet a lot of people who have suffered illness or injury which changes their lives forever. But our clients are an inspiration to everyone and continue to astound and impress their families, doctors and themselves every day.
“We like to focus on being more than just about legal services and our office is always keen to support the community. The panto visit is a wonderful way of recognising the daily challenges these individuals work hard to overcome as well as an opportunity to give their families some special time with them away from routine and appointments to just relax and enjoy themselves.”
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