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Court of Protection & Deputyships

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What is involved?

Unfortunately, there can come a time in a person’s life when they are unable to make decisions about their property and finances, or their health and welfare. If an Enduring Power of Attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney is not in place, our expert team of Court of Protection lawyers can help you.

Our sympathetic lawyers help people who lack capacity as the result of a catastrophic accident, old age, and mental illness or learning difficulties. We accept referrals from families, solicitors, case managers, local authorities, charities and investment managers. Freeths can advise and deal with applications under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

These include applications for one-off decisions by the Court concerning a client’s financial affairs or welfare issues, applications for the appointment of a Deputy, or applications for the approval of tax planning, gifts, trusts and Statutory Wills. Our extensive experience in the care, social services and benefits systems means that we can provide guidance and support to ensure that all available state funding is applied for.

Call our Court of Protection team now to see how we can help you.

Why choose Freeths?

  • We have many years’ of experience acting as professional deputies
  • Lay deputies can ask for as much or as little support from us to meet their responsibilities
  • Our professional, empathetic lawyers are able to visit you at home if this is appropriate for you
  • We are appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s Panel of court-approved deputies
  • Strong financial and record keeping structures in place tailored for deputy financial management

We support litigation solicitors by providing expert witness statements, which will identify the full range of responsibilities of a professional Deputy and which put monetary value on tasks, for the purposes of a claim involving lack of capacity.

Our team are also experts in the reporting and taxation duties of deputies.

The Court of Protection team at Freeths is actively involved with The Silverlining; a national charity which provides support for those affected by brain injury, including friends and family.

We have a wealth of Court of Protection information available, including guides to choosing a care home, community care and end of life decisions. Please get in touch using our form if you would like a copy.

Recognised Lawyer in the Chambers & Partners 2019 edition.


STEP Awards, Court of Protection





We’ve been shortlisted as a finalist for the STEP Private Client Awards.

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Meet the team

Court of Protection & Deputyships Lawyers

Jade Cobb, Solicitor

Jade Cobb

0845 404 1728

Sarah Foster, Managing Partner and Contentious Trusts and Probate Disputes Solicitor - Oxford

Sarah Foster

0186 578 1055

Rachel Gaffney, Director

Rachel Gaffney

0115 935 1860

Patricia Grout, Senior Associate

Patricia Grout
Senior Associate

0186 578 1170

Robyn Hemmings

01865 781092

Jane Maitland, Partner

Jane Maitland

0845 128 6963

Ruth Elizabeth McDonald Private Client Solicitor

Ruth-Elizabeth McDonald

0845 274 6823

Natasha Molloy

0845 077 9679

Nigel Roots, Partner

Nigel Roots

0845 128 6962

Rosalyn Shephard, Associate

Rosalyn Shephard

01865 781 023

Navada Ward, Associate

Navada Ward

0845 050 3666

Melanie Williams, Director

Melanie Williams

0845 128 6965


"Over the 9 years the Freeths’ Court of Protection professional deputy’s team has acted for my son, I have found them not only highly efficient in the management of his financial affairs, but also sympathetic to the effect brain injury has on his life. They are always available to discuss the problems and challenges he faces, and to help with practical solutions where they can."

"Jane Maitland is praised for her 'thoughtful handling of delicate matters', and Zandra Houston for her 'comprehensive knowledge and common sense'. Team head Melanie Williams works as a professional deputy managing substantial awards of compensation, and senior associate Veronica Cowdrey is 'enormously experienced in this practice area'."

(The Legal 500, 2017)

"Singled out for her 'professionalism, sincerity and immense knowledge', Jane Maitland acts as an executor and trustee and is also a Court of Protection appointed deputy for vulnerable clients."

"I wanted you to know how much we appreciated the expertise and professionalism displayed by Veronica and her team...I have no doubt that we would not have been successful without your help."

"Sarah is praised by sources for having 'shown good judgment on what the issues were and how things were going', is 'a fine and measured litigator', is a 'very skilled and very thorough lawyer' and has an 'excellent attention to detail and a strong pedigree'."

(Chambers & Partners)

"This is just to thank you for all the help you have given to [client] over the past years. I know how fond of you she was and how marvellous you were with her. Freeths are so lucky to have you Patricia. I do not think I would have been able to manage the anxiety of the last years without your understanding and updates. With every good wish for the future and many many thanks for your kindness at all times."

"The clear and concise information provided allowed me to fully understand what I would be undertaking if I was to put myself up for Deputyship."

"Freeths' private client team has an excellent reputation for advising individuals on every aspect of their life, from wealth generation and preservation through to acquisitions and disposals of property, family and childcare matters, elderly parents, injury and clinical negligence, and future planning (wills and probate)."

(The Legal 500, 2017)

"Offering a good balance of technical knowledge, approachability and a pragmatic stance", the group demonstrates particular strength in high-value litigation, including claims under the Inheritance Act, will challenges, removal applications and Court of Protection work.

(The Legal 500, 2019)

Notable Work
  • Recovering money from attorneys who have acted in breach of trust, removing attorneys/deputies who have abused their position, or challenging lifetime gifts that have been procured by undue influence.
  • Property and Affairs Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection managing funds arising from catastrophic clinical negligence and personal injury claims.
  • Acting for deputies and attorneys in regaining possession of property, and assisting in proceedings brought in the Court of Protection in relation to the removal of financial and property affairs attorneys.
  • Recently making an application to the Court of Protection for authority for attorneys appointed under an Enduring Power of Attorney to manage their relative’s portfolio. The Enduring Power of Attorney did not have a discretionary investment clause included at the time of registration.
  • Acting for numerous clients who lack mental capacity, and who have received a significant award of damages, in the ongoing management of their financial affairs.
  • Acting in an application to the Court of Protection to remove a Litigation Friend and appoint a Deputy as the Litigation Friend.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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