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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!
“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.”
“Adrian suffered very serious injuries in the collision and the subsequent problems he developed significantly impacted his day-to-day life.
“It was great to see Adrian in the office with Ben discussing his rehabilitation and the very important role consistent physical exercise has played in his road to recovery. The progress he has made is a fantastic example of the importance of good long-term rehabilitation services, while also highlighting the impact road collisions can have on the lives of victims.”
Adrian suffered horrendous head injuries in the collision and the subsequent problems he developed impacted how he lived his day-to-day life.
“Our job in the Court of Protection team is to ensure that we manage the settlement funds to continue to support Adrian on his road to recovery and to live his life as independently as possible.
“The progress he has made is a fantastic example of the importance of good long-term rehabilitation services, while also highlighting the impact road collisions can have on the lives of victims.
“To complete the Inca Trail is an unbelievable achievement and something many didn’t think would be possible in the immediate aftermath of the crash. He is an inspiration to other serious injury victims and we hope by raising awareness of his story on Road Safety Week, others in a similar situation will realise that they too can achieve great things.”
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