Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has welcomed Mea North as a Partner to its well respected Court of Protection department.
Mea specialises in supporting the most vulnerable in society, helping them to access and understand NHS and social care services to ensure they have all the support and assistance necessary either at home or in a residential care environment to maximise their quality of life in coping with the aftermath of an accident, disability or illness. As part of this, she has significant experience in securing statutory funding towards the cost of care, both from Local Authorities and the NHS, and expert knowledge of NHS Continuing Healthcare and the National Framework that guides the assessment process.
She also has particular expertise in the creation and administration of personal injury trusts, for those who have received a substantial settlement in relation to a catastrophic personal injury or clinical negligence claim.
Her appointment will further strengthen the firm’s Court of Protection team, which is already renowned for its expertise in property and financial affairs cases, especially high value catastrophic injury claims. Through its Trust Corporation and Partners, Thomson Snell & Passmore currently acts as deputy in over 230 cases with an estimated value of over £300 million in assets.
Mea joins from Moore Barlow, where she works alongside the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury teams, to help ensure that where a substantial settlement is received, there is someone with legal authority to manage the money on behalf of the individual, where they are unable to do so themselves. She also works with individuals and their families to create Powers of Attorney or apply for Deputyships as appropriate and assists Attorneys and Deputies with the management of an individual’s financial affairs, including purchase and adaptations to property, investment of funds and purchasing private care.
Commenting on her appointment, Mea North says: “I am delighted to be joining Thomson Snell & Passmore’s already outstanding team. They have a well-deserved reputation as one of the preeminent Court of Protection departments in the country. I am looking forward to bringing my experience to a firm with a strong record of providing quality service to its clients.”
Brian Bacon, Head of Court of Protection at Thomson Snell & Passmore, adds: “By tapping into Mea’s considerable expertise, we will be able to further broaden and strengthen the already excellent service and support we offer to our clients and their families. We are delighted to welcome Mea to the team.”