The number of applications being made annually to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a property and financial affairs deputy has been steadily increasing since the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act in 2007. Similarly, we have also seen sustained growth for over a decade in the number of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) being registered annually with the Office of the Public Guardian.
The Government has announced plans to reform the lasting power of attorney service to make it safer, simpler and fit for the future through the use of digital technology. Here, our Court of Protection team looks at what this could mean and what safeguards will need to be put in place.
We’ve never experienced anything quite like the past 16 months, have we? Our world has been turned upside down and we’ve all had to endure significant changes to our normal way of life.
Louise Mathias-Williams explores a case where a windfall jeopardised the beneficiary’s living arrangements
Louise Mathias-Williams from our Court of Protection team recently responded to a reader’s question about LPAs in This is Money.
One of only two firms in Kent to be highlighted as top scoring in the South East for client service
Brian Bacon and Louise Mathias-Williams recently wrote a piece for STEP Journal, looking at the role of the Court of Protection and best practice in this area.
Thomson Snell & Passmore has been named as one of the Top Law Firms for its private wealth practice for the fifth consecutive year.
Court of Protection (CoP) work makes up the largest proportion of the 17,000 bills submitted annually to the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO). But assessing the 8,000 bills is ‘not a sausage-making machine’, says Master Peter Haworth.
The Court of Protection (CoP) is determined to shake off the outdated image that it is the ‘most secretive court in Britain’ and engage in public debate on the most fundamental and emotionally charged issues of life and death and individual capacity.
6 October 2018 marks World Cerebral Palsy Day. It is more than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to celebrate and affirm the lives of the 17 million people globally, living with cerebral palsy.
Louise Mathias-Williams from our Court of Protection team explains the role and responsibilities of a deputy.
Our nationally ranked team of expert lawyers are frequently called upon to help and advise clients who have lost capacity.
The Court of Protection is a Superior Court of Record which has the authority to make decisions on behalf of a person who lacks capacity to make those decisions themself.
Louise Mathias-Williams set out the lessons from the Public Guardian’s recent decision over severance applications.
We regularly answer frequently asked questions from across the practice and bring them together to help bring clarity to your legal needs. Each of the sections below lead off to a more comprehensive bank of information.
The decision of Mr Justice Charles in the case of Staffordshire County Council v SRK  EWCOP 27 has impacted on the practices and responsibilities of professional Deputies in cases where there is a substantial and privately funded care regime. This article addresses the key facts and the impact this will have on deputies and the Court.
We are pleased to receive, for another year, the accolade from eprivateclient of being listed as one of the Top 25 Law Firms in the UK.
We answer frequently asked questions regarding the Rehabilitation Code including it's purpose along with what the code states and how to code will help someone with a brain injury.
Powers of Attorney are commonly used where a person (the ‘donor’) wants to appoint one or more others to assist in their decision making or to make decisions on their behalf. They are often utilised where the donor lacks the mental capacity to make decisions themselves, although this is not always the case. The attorney must act in the best interests of the donor and ensure that they are acting for the donor’s benefit, rather than their own, at all times.
Local newspaper, Kentish Gazette (Canterbury) shares and insight into our organic growth. First published July 2015.
The issue of making a will is seen by many as perhaps ‘tempting fate’, and it is a well used, but nonetheless stark, statistic that only around one third of our adult population have made a will.