I joined Hodge Jones and Allen in January 2016 as a solicitor in the Private Client Team.
I qualified as a solicitor in December 2012 and soon after decided to specialise in Court of Protection matters. I have had experience working with and advising panel, professional and lay Deputies for a number of years.
I am experienced in the following areas:
- Making applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy.
- Managing the affairs of people who lack capacity on a day to day basis. This includes all types of work from paying utility bills to making an application for statutory Wills.
- Advising on issues relating to mental capacity and making the appropriate applications if necessary.
- Legal Practice Course – 2009
- Graduate Diploma in Law – 2008
- Leeds University BA – 2005
- HJA (Court of Protection solicitor) – 2016
- Gillhams LLP (Court of Protection Solicitor) – 2015
- FMW Law (Court of Protection solicitor) – 2013 – 2015
- Percy Short & Cuthbert Solicitors (trainee and litigation solicitor) – 2011 – 2013
- Philip Ross Solicitors (paralegal) – 2009 – 2010
- P was an elderly gentleman who lived in a care home. His son, who was vulnerable, lived in the family home and refused to engage with professionals. P had arrears of care home fees of over £100k and the Local Authority were demanding the sale of the family home. It was clear that when P had capacity he had wanted his son to live in the family home rent free. As Deputy for P we were able to negotiate with the care home regarding the fees and eventually agreed to a deferred payment of the fees and a charge over the property. This meant that P’s wishes could be honoured and that his son could remain living in the family home for the foreseeable future.
- P was an elderly lady living in supported housing. She refused access to her flat for medication, cleaning or medical attention. The flat was in a very bad condition and infested with mice. When P did come out she was angry and aggressive to staff. The Housing Association landlords issued possession proceedings against her. As Deputy for P we represented P in the possession proceedings and also arranged for agency staff to attend the flat to speak to P and eventually to clean the flat. As a result P’s behaviour radically improved and the Deputy successfully defended the possession proceedings.
- P was a paranoid schizophrenic who lived in a bedsit despite owning a flat which was rented out for less than market rent. P was deeply mistrustful of authority figures and was adept at playing them off against one another. P wanted to work but was not able to deal with the paperwork associated with working whilst on benefits. P also had debts of over £15,000. P was vulnerable to financial exploitation having given money to fundamental religious groups and bought land from developers abroad without receiving any paperwork in exchange. As Deputy for P we were able to achieve a market rent for the flat and go through the paperwork associated with working whilst on benefits. We contacted the various creditors that P owed money to and were able to negotiate repayment and waive interest on the debts. As we had control of P’s finances we were able to ensure that the remainder of P’s funds were safeguarded against exploitation.