We have one of the largest, dedicated teams of specialist Court of Protection lawyers in the country, which is continuing to grow.
Very sadly, it will always be the case that whether through injury or otherwise, there will be vulnerable individuals who will lack capacity to manage their property and affairs and will require the involvement of the Court of Protection and the appointment of a Deputy.
For this reason, the practice area has seen significant growth. The team at Thomson Snell & Passmore has 16 lawyers who all specialise in Court of Protection work. Our team consists of three partners, six solicitors and a further seven experienced legal assistants who offer advice on a breadth of Court of Protection issues and who show the sensitivity required to handle the very delicate situations which present in this practice area.
We have particular experience in dealing with issues for severely disabled clients, including individuals with brain injuries and birth injuries, and managing large personal injury or clinical negligence awards. We are involved and assist in the purchase and adaptation of property and the investment of funds following settlement of a personal injury claim.
No one client is the same and we work closely with families and clinical teams to agree and adopt strategies which are most appropriate to the individual client and to which they are most likely to respond.
Our head of department, Eddie Fardell and his partners 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.
They regularly receive referrals from the Court, personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers, case managers and other Court of Protection practitioners.
The team represent over 285 clients where a partner, partners or the Thomson Snell & Passmore Trust Corporation Ltd acts as Deputy. We have conservatively estimated £215 million of assets under the deputies’ control, excluding periodical payments estimated at £7 million each year.
Whilst the deputies in the firm act for a significant number of vulnerable clients, we also advise on and assist with:
- Applications for the appointment of a relative or friend as deputy
- Making one-off applications, for example for gifts, wills and property transactions
- Offer practical legal advice to elderly clients
- Prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney and advise donors and attorneys
- Establish personal injury trusts and act as professional trustees, if required
- Acting in contentious litigation
- Acting as expert witnesses for litigation lawyers when considering past and future professional costs
- Acting as Litigation Friend
The team at Thomson Snell & Passmore is one of the largest, most established and dedicated Court of Protection teams in the country. We are flexible in our approach when acting for and on behalf of vulnerable clients and recognise the importance of effective communication in what is and will always be a collaborative approach.