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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.

Legal 500, 2020 Leading Firm Freeths LLP   STEP Awards, Court of Protection

Chambers & Partners, 2020 listed Freeths as a Recognised Practitioner

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"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."

(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."


"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. 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)

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