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Our Court of Protection service is led by Ruth Meyer who acts as a professional Deputy. A professional Deputy is usually appointed in matters involving injuries which lead to compensation claims and also where there are no family or friends who can take on this responsibility.
The Court of Protection is a specialist Court to protect and support vulnerable people who are unable to make decisions regarding their finances or health and welfare, as they do not have the mental capacity to make those decisions. In such cases, a Deputy is appointed to make those decisions or support the person to make the decision.
Find out more about a Court of Protection application.
Our Court of Protection services include the following:
We offer a free half hour consultation on all financial matters in respect of Court of Protection issues. We offer advice and assistance for lay deputies on:
In addition, Ruth acts as a professional Trustee in compensation claims where a person has sustained a physical disability but has retained mental capacity. These are known as Personal Injury Trusts. Such Trusts work in the same way as a deputyship except Trusteeships will cover those who retain mental capacity to make decisions and deputyships will cover those who are unable to retain mental capacity to make decisions. Either way, the work is very similar, and each client receives a high level of service bespoke to their needs.
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All decisions are always made in a client’s best interests, leaving the family free to concentrate on the care of their family member and not be burdened by paperwork. We also understand the emotional and practical implications of acting for a person who lacks mental capacity and the impact this can have on families. By appointing us as a professional Deputy, the family will have peace of mind in the knowledge that their family member is well-supported, and all financial paperwork is in order.
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A Court of Protection solicitor is appointed to support in making decisions, represent a client's best interests and can also represent in court.
A specialist solicitor will be appointed in situations where the client is vulnerable or doesn’t have the mental capacity to make these decisions for themselves. This could be about financial or welfare decisions.
After your application has been submitted, it can take approximately 4–6 months for Deputyship to be appointed.
Timelines can differ depending on if any further information is required in support of your application. In specific circumstances, sometimes this process can be quicker.
Ruth has a national reputation for her work in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession:
And in The Legal 500:
“Boyes Turner has “an extremely client-focused, efficient and well-organised team” under the leadership of Ruth Meyer who is “sensible, personable and supportive” and is a “leading light for Court of Protection work".
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Our medical negligence and personal injury teams have been nationally recognised for over 20 years because of their expertise, empathy and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients.
We have had a very positive experience with Boyes Turner - we had had many months of difficulties with our daughter's previous care provider, alongside our local authority making decisions about future care that were against her best interests. The advice and interventions from our solicitor at Boyes Turner, James Pantling-Skeet, were invaluable in arranging the transfer of care to a much better care provider that we had identified, rather than the choice of our local authority. Several months on, it is an immense relief that we finally have care provision that is meeting the needs of our daughter.
We contacted Boyes Turner earlier this year after we ran into a dispute with our local authority. This was about a social care matter and learning disability.
The case was handled with professionalism and tact.