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  • Overview

    When an individual lacks the capacity to manage their financial affairs, they need someone to help them with important financial decisions. A Court of Protection lawyer can help a person to make decisions should they lack the ability to do so themselves due to learning difficulties, old age, mental health problems or due to the result of sustaining an acquired brain injury following an accident or medical negligence.

    You might need a Court of Protection lawyer if:

    • You want a family member, friend or lawyer to take over the management of your financial affairs either now or in the future
    • You are concerned about a loved one’s capacity to manage their affairs
    • You are responsible for managing someone’s financial affairs (as a deputy or because you have Power of Attorney)
    • You are concerned about the way someone’s affairs are being managed.

    We can put safeguards in place to ensure decisions are made in the best interests of a person who lacks capacity to manage their affairs.

    The Court of Protection makes decisions relating to the property, finances and welfare of people who lack mental capacity. The Court can delegate some of its authority by appointing a deputy.  A Court of Protection lawyer is an expert who can assist you with Court of Protection matters.

    Our specialist team of lawyers can help to:

    • Explain the options and guide you through the process
    • Help you apply to have a deputy appointed for a relative or friend
    • Act as a deputy for you or for a relative or friend who lacks capacity
    • Help existing deputies make applications (e.g. for gifts, wills and property transactions)
    • Offer practical legal advice to elderly clients
    • Prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney and advise donors and attorneys
    • Set up a personal injury trust
    • Act in contentious litigation situations e.g where an application is contested
    • Act as an expert witness for litigation lawyers when considering past and future professional costs.

    Why choose Thomson Snell & Passmore

    • We have one of the largest, dedicated teams of specialists in the country, offering an efficient, personal and tailored service of a quality that few firms undertaking this work are able to provide
    • The Legal 500 2015 awarded us 'Firm of the Year' for our specialist work. This prestigious, national award means a great deal to the team who, without the feedback or recommendation from our clients and peers, would not be able to celebrate this award
    • Eddie Fardell, Martin Terrell and Brian Bacon are highly regarded experts with over 50 years of experience between them. Eddie and Martin are both on the Court of Protection User Group and Martin is on the panel of external Deputies. All three regularly receive direct referrals from the Court and other professionals
    • We provide straightforward, practical advice and have the skills and experience to ensure that the right decisions are made. We liaise with family, friends and care professionals and handle each situation with sensitivity
    • We have particular experience in dealing with issues for severely disabled clients (including people with brain injuries and birth injuries) and managing large personal injury or clinical negligence awards. We work closely with our specialist Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams
    • We manage the affairs of many elderly clients who suffer from dementia.

    Further help and information on Court of Protection can be found here:

    Free initial consultation

    Call us on 01892 510000 to arrange a free initial consultation where our Court of Protection lawyers will clearly explain the options and the processes involved. Alternatively visit our contact us page for our two office locations providing solicitors in Tunbridge Wells and Dartford.


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"They are very thoughtful, analytical and always seeking our best interests. They are very genuine, candid and so much in tune with our needs. They listen a lot to us, they work with us, make accurate decisions and hardly ever have any misunderstanding. We are bonded to the firm and we just love them. They respect us and we respect them. We feel honoured they manage our affairs." "They are first-class, very client-focused, and communication is excellent. They very much act in the best interests of their client and will go above and beyond to make sure their clients are well cared for. "

Chambers UK 2016

Brian Bacon "absolutely knows what he's doing, is refreshingly pragmatic and looks at the wider picture in acting for the person who lacks capacity," say sources. He is an experienced Court of Protection practitioner, deputy and litigator, and is also sometimes called upon to give expert evidence at trial.    

Chambers UK 2016

Edward Fardell heads the department and has a superb reputation for contentious property and affairs work, particularly in relation to clinical negligence and personal injury. He also acts as an expert witness and as a financial deputy. "He's just amazing," says one source, "the sort of deputy you'd want for all your clients. He will go above and beyond to facilitate their needs."    

Chambers UK 2016

Martin Terrell specialises in the more contentious side of financial Court of Protection work, but is also an experienced panel deputy. He is highly experienced and respected, with one source saying: "His textbook is the Bible in our office."  

Chambers UK 2016

Always courteously received, explanations given to any queries raised.


Explained the intricacies of legal matters in layman's terms, to my complete understanding


Brian Bacon and Martin Terrell ‘together provide an excellent service to the most vulnerable.’

The Legal 500 2017

‘Incredibly efficient and knowledgeable and shows a real sense of passion about her work.’

The Legal 500 2017

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