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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.

Lay deputy advice - free consultation

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:

  • One-off applications to the Court for care allowances, holiday homes, gifts and tax planning
  • Statutory wills – Wills approved by the Court of Protection for a person lacking capacity
  • Employment advice issues
  • Completion of Deputyship accounts
  • Appointment or change of Deputy
  • Adapting properties for the disabled and managing the accommodation budgets

Nationally recognised team

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 claims of compensation, and also where there are no family or friends who can take on this responsibility. 

  • Ruth is highly experienced in acting as a Deputy or Trustee as a result of catastrophic claims, but equally, the team can act for those with age-related illnesses.
  • When acting for family members as a Deputy (known as a “lay Deputy”), we can provide as much or as little support as required. Quite often we are asked to prepare the application for Deputyship, but sometimes we are only asked to complete annual accounts each year.
  • We act for clients all over the country from Cornwall to Yorkshire and, if appointed as a professional Deputy, will visit clients at their home address where they may feel more comfortable.
  • Our professional connections with Case Managers, care agencies, therapists, bankers, fund managers and accountants are far-reaching so that we can provide a holistic and supportive service.

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. 

The team has considerable experience of Deputyship and Personal Injury Trusts and Ruth has a national reputation for her work in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession:

“Ruth Meyer is known for being ‘phenomenally adaptable and astonishingly hard working. Her knowledge is also excellent’. Her specialisms lie in establishing and managing Personal Injury Trusts and in acting as deputy through the Court of Protection”

"There is always someone we can contact for support and they make us feel fully supported with whatever challenges we face," notes a client.

"They make sure we get the answers we need and always go the extra mile."

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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Meet your specialist team

Our specialist Court of protection team are considered leaders in the field and have a significant amount of expertise.
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Chris Long

Legal Assistant

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Ruth Meyer

Partner

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Alexander Wright

Partner

Anne Pearson headshots

Anne Pearson

Senior Paralegal

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Sue Clark

Senior Associate – Solicitor

Lindsay Da Re

Lindsay Da Rè

Senior Associate - Solicitor

Alex Edwards

Alex Edwards

Associate - Solicitor

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Jessica Jarvis

Associate - Solicitor

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Sue O'Connell-Davidson

Associate - Solicitor

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Chloe Scarr

Associate - Solicitor

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Dani Pini

Solicitor

Katarina Ahmed

Katarina Ahmed

Paralegal

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Daisy Fox-Clarkin

Paralegal

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Lauren Hall

Paralegal

Maria Hobbs

Maria Hobbs

Paralegal

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Kerry Pearce

Paralegal

Kate Phelan headshot

Kate Phelan

Paralegal

Nadine Silas-Richards

Nadine Silas-Richards

Paralegal

Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart

Paralegal

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Niki Tarrant

Senior Paralegal

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Emma Wheeldon

Senior Paralegal

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James Pantling-Skeet

Senior Associate – Chartered Legal Executive

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Ruth Meyer photo
Alexander Wright headshot
Anne Pearson headshots
Sue Clark photo
Lindsay Da Re
Alex Edwards
Jessica Jarvis Headshot
Sue headshot
Chloe Scarr - headshot
Dani Pini headshot
Katarina Ahmed
Daisy Fox headshot
Lauren Hall headshot
Maria Hobbs
Kerry Pearce headshot
Kate Phelan headshot
Nadine Silas-Richards
Victoria Stewart
Niki Tarrant headshot
Emma Wheeldon headshots
James Pantling-Skeet headshot

Why choose Boyes Turner?

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.

  • We are nationally acclaimed Court of Protection solicitors. Boyes Turner is recognised as leading experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We have established relationships with care agencies, therapists, fund managers and accountants to provide a ‘joined up’ approach for clients.
  • We have an extensive and highly experienced court of protection team with proven skills in supporting clients. We provide the highest standards of advice and understand that each individual and their family has different needs, and we offer an individual and caring service.
  • The team is highly experienced and advises on everything from one-off property and affairs matters to managing a compensation award in the best interests of a client.

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Awards & accreditations

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.

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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.

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