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.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
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.
What Do You Do Outside The Office?
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!