I specialise in Court of Protection matters, often dealing with the family or legal advisors of the client who has lost the mental capacity to manage their property and affairs. My clients have often but not always been awarded a substantial personal injury compensation award and I will then assist in the management of those damages in the best interests of the client.
My work involves dealing with deputyship applications, offering a professional deputyship service, applications including gifts and statutory wills. I also deal with Lasting Power of Attorneys, personal injury trusts and trusts for infants.
I also specialise in litigation support services and expert witness statements.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I was brought up in a household where legal thrillers were often on the TV and I became fascinated by them. I then went on to study Law at A Level and found this so interesting I continued my studies with a law degree. At that stage I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. It wasn't until the third seat of my training contract when I started in the Court of Protection department that I found the area that I knew I wanted to specialise in.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
As the majority of my clients have sustained a traumatic brain injury, managing their funds to ensure they are utilised to provide the care and support they require together with providing a quality of life is truly the most rewarding aspect. Assisting those clients who do not have the capacity to make decisions regarding their property and affairs, whether this is due to a brain injury or dementia, is very satisfying as you do make a difference.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I started life at Irwin Mitchell on a vacation placement which then led to seasonal work whilst at university. I then commenced my training contract and qualified in 2006. I thoroughly enjoy working for the firm as I am surrounded by a diverse group of people, have a good working environment and recognition is given to those who not only work hard or achieve results but who also benefit the firm.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I enjoy keeping fit and try to fit the gym in as often as I can in the week. I have a passion for running and after completing the Paris Marathon, I am now looking for my next challenge.
I also enjoy travelling, something which I took advantage of whilst at university and I hope to visit new places in the next few years.