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Court of Protection & Deputyships

Our sympathetic lawyers help people who lack capacity as the result of a catastrophic accident, old age, and mental illness or learning difficulties.

About our expertise

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.

Our specialisms include:

Why choose our court of protection experts?

  • 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

Key contacts

Natasha Molloy's Profile

Natasha Molloy

Partner & Head of Nottingham Court of Protection

Melanie Williams's Profile

Melanie Williams

Director & Head of Oxford Court of Protection

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Our accreditations

We are celebrating another year of accreditations and rankings.

Our specialist court of protection team

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.


  • "Freeths CoP team works in a collaborative way with the client, their family members and also the wider professional network. They are approachable...

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • "I have worked with the CoP team for many years and am always impressed with their dedication and particular attention to detail."

    The Legal 500, 2024

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    "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 w...


  • "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...

    Client testimonial