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The Orbiteers Abseiled for Headway

Congratulations to the Boyes Turner Orbiteers and our very own Thomas Green who represented the Court of Protection team in abseiling down from the Arcelor Mittal Orbit. The Orbit is the UK’s largest freefall abseil from which you can see...

Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

A new Bill is currently making its way through parliament to replace the existing law which protects the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care. Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill When a person lacks...

60 Seconds with Jamie Woods: Taking the leap from PI to Court of Protection

Jamie Woods recently joined Boyes Turner’s Court of Protection team. He joined us following over 10 years in personal injury claims, taking a courageous leap in changing specialisms and retraining in Court of Protection. What kind of...

Interview with a fund manager: Alexander Wright talks to Richard McGregor of Arbuthnot Latham

Alexander Wright  senior associate - solicitor in the Court of Protection team at Boyes Turner interviews Richard McGregor , the Head of Court of Protection & Personal Injury at Arbuthnot Latham. Alexander and Richard work closely...

The impact of council-run means testing for social care

A recent BBC article highlighted the ongoing unfairness in the current council-run, means tested, social care system. In this article Mr Basford: “ has drawn the short straw and has dementia and not some other terminal illness, so he is having to pay...

How to end a deputyship

A deputyship can be brought to an end automatically or through choice. There are several ways in which a deputyship can end and these are: If a person dies then the deputyship comes to an immediate end and the Death Certificate must be sent to the...

So, you want to change your deputy?

You are never obliged to stay with the same deputy . The relationship between the deputy and their client must be built on confidence and trust and in the knowledge that they have considered your wishes. You may not always agree on something but...

What is a professional deputy?

A professional deputy is a practising solicitor with several years of experience in acting for vulnerable clients. They manage the property and affairs of both adults and children who are deemed to be mentally incapable of making their own financial...

Oakland's Junior School win prizes for road safety project

Children from Oaklands Junior School in Crowthorne worked hard and had fun learning about road safety during this year’s Road Safety Week campaign (November 20-26, 2017). Their challenge was to think about how to make the roads around their school...

Former Senior Judge warns of risks with Powers of Attorney

Yesterday an eminent former member of the judiciary  spoke on the BBC  about his concerns with Powers of Attorney. Denzil Lush was the most senior judge at the Court of Protection from 1996 until he retired in July 2016. He knows a thing or two...

Top 10 ways a deputy can save money!

I act as a property and finance Deputy for many clients. This means I am appointed by the Court to make decisions about finances when they are unable to make the decision themselves. I always try to save clients money. After all, I would do the same if it...

Brain Injury Group

Brain Injury Group The Court of Protection Team are now members of the  Brain Injury Group . This is a national network of specialist brain injury lawyers and other experts that provide access to a complete package of care and support for people...

Q&A with Anne Pearson

Over the following weeks we will be sharing a series of question and answer articles about our day-to-day lives in a Court of Protection team. This week, I interviewed Anne Pearson who is a Senior Manager in the Court of Protection team. Anne Pearson...

Q&A with Emma Wheeldon

Emma Wheeldon Emma is a paralegal in the Court of Protection team, assisting Ruth and the team with Deputyship and Personal Injury Trust work. Emma deals with clients on a day-to-day basis as well as liaising with other professionals in order to make the...

It's a dogs life

The British love their dogs. My own dog is a rescued 17 year old Collie cross that I love dearly. He’s been a family member since my children were small. So, I was surprised to see the recent case of  Mrs P v Rochdale Borough Council and...

Court of Protection - Contracts for Carers

The decision in the Pimlico case was the latest decision to highlight the importance of properly employing carers, read the BBC article here . Alexander Wright, senior associate – solicitor at Boyes Turner, explains more. What is this case about? ...

Hear me - why communication is so important

We learn to communicate from the moment we are born but as we get older, communication can become more difficult. This could be due to hearing loss or even a brain injury. Loss of communication can lead to isolation.  In the Court of Protection team...

My robot "friend"

I was surprised to hear that robots are to be used as companions for the elderly. My first thought was “how sad is that”? Have we really got to the point where we can no longer provide our elderly with human companionship and warmth?  ...

How to apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)

As I mentioned in the first of this series –  What is a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)?  – this piece looks at how to apply for a grant. The first step in making an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) is to contact the...

Court of Protection - Do you really need a solicitor?

Alexander Wright, associate – solicitor at Boyes Turner, sheds some light on Court of Protection applications and answers some frequently asked questions. Is it necessary for me to become a deputy? Not always. Local Authorities seem to be keen on...

Q&A with Alexander Wright

Over the following weeks we will be sharing a series of question and answer articles about our day-to-day lives in a Court of Protection team. This week, I interviewed  Alexander Wright  who is an associate – solicitor in the Court of...

Can pet therapy help those with memory loss?

Can you imagine not recognising the people you love? Or not being able to do simple task such as make a cup of tea, or find your way  around your local supermarket? These are just a few issues which a person suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s...

Q&A with the Court of Protection team

Over the following weeks we will be sharing a series of question and answer articles about our day-to-day lives in a Court of Protection team. This week, I interviewed  Ruth Meyer  who is a partner and head of the Court of Protection team. ...

Surety Bonds

What is a surety bond? A ‘surety bond’ (also referred to as a ‘security bond’) is insurance that every professional or non-professional ‘lay’ deputy is required to take out by the Court. The surety bond protects the...

What would you put in a memory box?

As the range of conditions referred to generally as ‘Dementia’ continue to affect an increasing number of people, the therapies available to those diagnosed with diseases such as Alzheimer’s continue to be developed. Memory Boxes...

We challenged our colleagues to Bake-Off for Dogs for Good!

In November the  Court of Protection Team  organised a bake-off, challenging the firm’s avid bakers to raise valuable funds for Dogs for Good. The charity is based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and trains puppies to be assistance dogs and help...

Dementia treatments - Music therapy

Music therapy can be beneficial for all types of people, not just for those suffering with Alzheimer’s.  As a Deputy I have child clients with learning difficulties who thoroughly enjoy music therapy.  However, in this article my specific...

Dementia - The good, the bad and the ugly

Welcome to a series of short articles on dementia which we will be publishing over the next few months.  We will be specifically looking at current statistics on dementia and the types of therapy that may help. A new dementia map of England has...

Boyes Turner attend UK Sepsis Trust premiere

Ruth Meyer, Head of Court of Protection at Boyes Turner, together with Laxmi Patel, Julie Marsh and Sita Soni, Associate Solicitors in our Education and Clinical Negligence teams attended the premiere of ‘Starfish’ at the BT Tower in London in...

Statutory Will - speculating on the wishes of someone who lacks capacity and their best interests

A recent case concerning a Statutory Will has highlighted the difficulties of trying to speculate on the wishes of someone who lacks capacity and what is in their best interests. What is a Statutory Will? If a person is over the age of 18 and lacks the...

Senior Judge Lush retires

Ruth Meyer, Head of Court of Protection at Boyes Turner attended the retirement party of Senior Judge Denzil Lush in London on 12th July 2016. SJ Lush has been a Master of the Court of Protection since 24 April 1996 and a Senior Judge of the Court of...

Family members and Statutory Wills - can you withhold notification?

A Statutory Will is a will made on behalf of a person who does not have the required mental capacity to make a will and which is authorised by the court. Statutory Wills can be fraught with difficulty. Not only are vast amounts of information required to...

A world without sound

Zafia Khan, a Paralegal in the Court of Protection team  is one of eight children and two of her sisters are deaf. This is her sign language journey. I first noticed how silent my profoundly deaf sister’s world was at a family gathering....

Property adaptations: building the home you deserve

Purchasing your very first home is a real achievement for many people. The stress involved in the negotiations and completion can be soon forgotten when you first walk through the front door, cook your first meal there, or wake up in your bed for the first...

The learning curve - Top 5 tips for obtaining a statutory will

Over the past year, our Court of Protection team has dealt with a number of applications to Court for  statutory wills  for our clients. Every client is an individual with very specific personal circumstances so, although the application process...

Disability and Festivals - Rocking at Reading by Alexander Christmas

We would like to introduce, again, our guest writer, Alexander Christmas, who has kindly agreed to provide three short articles for our website. In his first article Alexander talked about his personal experiences as a person with disabilities...

What is a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)?

A Disabled Facilities Grant (known as a DFG) is an amount of money provided by a local council. It is potentially available to a person if they are required to change their home as a result of themselves, or a family member within the home, being disabled....

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