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    Expert witness services offered by our Court of Protection solicitors

    Accurately assessing the head of damages relating to Court of Protection costs is important whether you are acting for a claimant or defendant. We can:

    • Provide expert witness statements for claimant lawyers outlining the professional fees and Court of Protection costs likely to be incurred - whether a lay or professional Deputy is to be appointed
    • Provide expert witness statements for defendant lawyers that assess and comment on the reasonableness of a claim for professional fees and Court of Protection costs
    • Prepare informal assessments and reports on Court of Protection costs for defendant lawyers, where formal statements for service are not required
    • Act as a joint expert for either claimant or defendant
    • Attend Court to provide evidence.

    Our Court of Protection expertise

    • We have one of the largest specialist Court of Protection teams in the country
    • We understand that there is often the need to obtain last minute reports for service and we can respond quickly to requests for statements and reports
    • Eddie Fardell, Martin Terrell and Brian Bacon are experts in this complex area of law, with over 50 years of experience dealing with Court of Protection matters between them
    • We have particular experience in dealing with Court of Protection issues for severely disabled clients (including clients with brain injuries and birth injuries). We also manage the affairs of many elderly clients who suffer from dementia.

    Free initial consultation

    Call us to discuss our expert witness service for Court of Protection cases.

  • Latest Updates

    Representing an adult who has cognitive deficits following a road traffic accident when they were six

    P was involved in a road traffic accident in 2001 when she was just six years old.  As a result of the accident, P suffered a severe brain injury. P made a remarkable recovery from her injuries, but has been left with some cognitive deficits.  She struggles with organisation, budgeting and planning.  She can be very impulsive and disinhibited.  She also suffers from fatigue.

    Staffordshire County Council v SRK and others: implications for deputies and local authorities.

    The decision of Mr Justice Charles in the case of Staffordshire County Council v SRK [2016] 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.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore’s nationally ranked Court of Protection team awarded The Legal 500 UK 2015 firm of the year

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is delighted to announce their Court Of Protection team has been awarded The Legal 500 UK 2015 firm of the year. 

    Nationally ranked Court of Protection team awarded The Legal 500 UK team of the year 2015

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is delighted to announce their Court Of Protection team has been awarded 'Firm of the Year' by The Legal 500 UK 2015 for their specialist work in this area. The team are unique as they are top ranked nationally by both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories, and have been for the last few years.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore retains place on national panel and is shortlisted for prestigious STEP Private Client Award

    We are pleased to announce that Martin Terrell, a Partner in the Court of Protection Team, has been reappointed by the national Office of the Public Guardian to its new panel of deputies.

    Back to Basics - Court of Protection update

    By Martin Terrell and Brian Bacon, Partners in Court of Protection. This article first appeared in the May 2012 edition of PS, the magazine of the Law Society's Private Client Section.

    Martin Terrell is appointed as new Court of Protection panel deputy

    Partner Martin Terrell has been appointed as new Court of Protection panel deputy.

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Brian Bacon is a 'very experienced practitioner who offers good-quality advice'.


"His guidance and understanding of our day to day obstacles mean that we feel we are certainly in the right hands.”

Chambers UK 2015

Very strong and frequently used as expert witnesses in cases involving Court of Protection elements.

Chambers UK 2015

Very impressive: they understand the challenges our situation brings, and guide us in the right direction.

Chambers UK 2015

The ‘first-rate’ Thomson Snell & Passmore has a superb reputation for personal injury and clinical negligence damages cases. Martin Terrell is ‘outstanding’, and Eddie Fardell and Brian Bacon are also very highly rated. -

The Legal 500 2014

A heavyweight team. They do a brilliant job and have built up real expertise in this area.

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore has ‘a brilliant team’.

The Legal 500 2013

I cannot speak too highly of the care, attention and sympathy that I have received.


I have always had a first-class and friendly contact at all levels with TS&P.


The whole process was made very simple.


Very sympathetic and understanding during a very difficult period of my life.


Initial contact was made at a time of great stress and I was glad to 'hand over' some of my concerns to TS&P. Their expertise and consideration has been a comfort in a time of continual stress. Thank you.


We were looking for the best and have never been disappointed.


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