Senior Paralegal, Court of Protection

Louise McKenzie

Louise has 26 years’ experience working in the Private Client department with 17 years specialising in Court of Protection work. She has worked her way up from secretarial to Senior Paralegal.

Louise specialises with administering the finances of those who suffer from incapacity due to an acquired brain injury, an injury suffered from birth, mental illness, learning disabilities or other complex medical conditions. Louise works closely with the client and their families as well as the wider multidisciplinary team in order to achieve the best outcome for the client to ensure their independence and improve their quality of life.

Louise McKenzie

Specialisms & expertise

  • Advising on and preparing applications to the Court of Protection
  • Day-to-day contact with individuals who lack capacity or have suffered an acquired brain injury and their families and care teams. Many of these individuals are very vulnerable
  • Working closely with the team’s Deputies in relation to the ongoing management of our client’s finances
  • Financial management and detailed budgeting for high value Personal Injury/Medical Negligence damages awards claims
  • Providing detailed information on the client’s finances with a view to arranging investment advice
  • Liaising with the Benefit Agency with regard to applications for benefits which the client may be entitled
  • Liaising with case managers and other professionals involved in the client’s care to establish the appropriate care regime
  • Preparation of annual accounts for submission to the Office of the Public Guardian. This includes detailed accounting in some contentious matters
  • Liaising with financial institutions with regard to opening accounts for the deputy once appointed
  • Liaising with Local Authorities regarding direct payment applications.

Achievements & other appointments

The Private Client team provides a full range of private client services and is recognised by Chambers UK for its “niche expertise in acting for vulnerable or incapacitated clients”.

The Court of Protection team specifically were recently named by the Legal 500 as a “Firm of the Year” stating that the team “stands out for the sheer breadth and sophistication of its practice”. They have retained their rank in Band 1 in Chambers UK 2023 and Legal 500.

Louise is a Dementia Friend.

Dementia friendly