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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“I am incredibly proud of how far Leah has come since the accident.
What Leah went through must have been incredibly difficult and I commend her bravery and determination in battling through it all and getting her life back.
I look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.”
“The injuries that Max had to deal with were horrific, but he has shown that with determination he has been able to get his life back on track.
As part of Irwin Mitchell’s I Am Able campaign, we have been focusing on the ability of our clients, rather than their disability, and Max is a great example of someone that has turned his life around following a tragic experience.
In our day-to-day work, we see many cases of brain injuries and while it is easy to dwell on the difficulties of life following on from an injury, Max should inspire us all to push ourselves to be the best we can be and to live life to the full.”
“The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards are truly an inspiration to many and a fantastic way of honouring brave youngsters who have battled serious injuries, illnesses, or shown tremendous dedication to raising money for loved ones and charity.
“At Irwin Mitchell we are honoured to support these awards and share our admiration for the incredibly brave children who are recognised, and that is why we are delighted to sponsor the Outstanding Bravery award.”
“I am incredibly happy for Charlie winning this award. He is an example of outstanding bravery for overcoming the kind of adversity that most families couldn’t imagine. All his progress in his therapies continues to pay off, even regaining some of his vision.
“I feel so in awe of Charlie for the incredible strength he has shown as he works tremendously hard to reach so many of the milestones that other children take for granted, such as being able to walk unaided and engage with the world around him.
“Yorkshire should be proud of this little boy for his outstanding bravery in overcoming the odds to be able to lead as full a life as he possibly can.”
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