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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. 

What is the Court of Protection?

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.

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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

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. 

  • 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.
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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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Ruth Meyer

Partner

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Alexander Wright

Partner

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Anne Pearson

Senior Paralegal

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Sue Clark

Senior Associate – Solicitor

Lindsay Da Re

Lindsay Da Rè

Associate - Solicitor

Alex Edwards

Alex Edwards

Associate - Solicitor

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Jessica Jarvis

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

Sue headshot

Sue O'Connell-Davidson

Paralegal

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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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Ewelina Wolanin

Paralegal

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James Pantling-Skeet

Senior Associate – Chartered Legal Executive

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Alexander Wright headshot
Anne Pearson headshots
Sue Clark photo
Lindsay Da Re
Alex Edwards
Jessica Jarvis Headshot
Dani Pini headshot
Katarina Ahmed
Daisy Fox headshot
Lauren Hall headshot
Maria Hobbs
Sue headshot
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Nadine Silas-Richards
Victoria Stewart
Niki Tarrant headshot
Emma Wheeldon headshots
Ewelina Wolanin headshot
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're nationally acclaimed Court of Protection solicitors. We’re recognised as leading experts by Chambers Directory and Legal 500.
  • We are experienced professional deputyship, personal injury trust and statutory will specialists.
  • We have established relationships with care agencies, therapists, fund managers and accountants.
  • We've won awards & accreditations for our work and are known for securing maximum compensation for clients.
  • We have an extensive & highly experienced court of protection team with proven skills to in supporting clients .
  • We provide the highest standards of advice and understand that each family has different needs and we offer an individual and caring service.

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Court of protection frequently asked questions

What is a Court of Protection solicitor?

A Court of Protection solicitor is appointed to support in making decisions, represent a client's best interests and can also represent in court.

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How long does a Court of Protection decision take?

After your application has been submitted, it can take approximately 4–6 months for Deputyship to be appointed.

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Our court of Protection reviews

Ruth has a national reputation for her work in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession:

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Court of protection resources

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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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What our clients say

"Very positive experience"

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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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.
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