As an Associate in the Court of Protection team, my role is to support vulnerable clients and their families to manage their money and day-to-day lives. This may be through a Deputyship or Lasting Power of Attorney. I pride myself on the relationships I build with my clients.
Vulnerability can arise in a number of ways at any time of life. It may be life-long, sudden or even temporary and may be the result of a personal injury/clinical negligence incident, or due to an illness, degenerative or congenital condition, such as autism. Vulnerable people may lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, either financial or welfare related, and can benefit from the appointment of a Deputy or Attorney.
I have a full understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, Court of Protection, Office of the Public Guardian, Social Services, NHS Continuing Healthcare, Department of Work and Pensions and Motability and this enables me to deal with the challenges faced by clients and the people around them.
My role involves:
- Making Deputy applications to the Court of Protection for vulnerable clients
- Ensuring clients receive their full entitlement to statutory funding and have the appropriate support they require
- Submitting annual accounts to the Office of the Public Guardian
- Acting as an advocate for clients when dealing with local authorities and other statutory bodies; and
- Advising on the law relating to mental capacity, safeguarding, deprivation of liberty and healthcare best interests decision making.
I am a member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association and also the Surrey Association of Women Lawyers.
I have presented seminars in relation to Mental Capacity, Deputyships and Lasting Powers of Attorney and have strong links with a number of schools which specialise in supporting those with learning disabilities, autism and other additional needs.