I trained at Hodge Jones and Allen and qualified as a solicitor in 1987. After qualifying, I specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence work for many years.
In 1990 I joined Edwards Duthie where I was a partner and head of a large PI team. I was a member of the AVMA referral panel and was on the Legal Aid Board appeals committee for clinical negligence claims.
In 2006 I moved to private client work and have been specialising in this area since that date. I am a member of STEP (Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners) and a full professional accredited member of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly).
I have been appointed as professional deputy, attorney and trustee on numerous cases. I have particular expertise in deputyships for brain injured clients with PI and clinical negligence settlements, but also act as deputy for clients with dementia, mental health problems and learning disability.
I am experienced in the following areas:
- Managing the financial affairs of people under a mental disability, whether as deputy, attorney or trustee
- Applications to the Court of Protection and statutory wills
- Obtaining probate and administering estates
- Drafting trust deeds, powers of attorney and wills
- PI trusts
- Advising on issues on mental capacity
I returned to Hodge Jones & Allen as a partner in 2014. I act as expert witness in personal injury litigation to provide the court with details of the likely deputyship costs. I analyse Court of Protection cases for LexisNexis and have written articles for PI Focus on deputyship issues.
I am also recommended in Legal 500 and have been described as “a team head who has ‘a complete understanding of this practice area, and provide clear and precise advise’.”
- 1985 Legal Practice Course
- 1984 Common professional Exam – placed 2nd in order of merit
- 1983 Warwick university BA
- 2014 – present Hodge Jones & Allen
- 1990 – 2014 Edwards Duthie
- 1985 – 1990 Hodge Jones and Allen
While acting as deputy for severely disabled children requiring 24 hour care, I have dealt with the following issues:
- Case A: A care agency providing 24 hour care terminated their contract leaving the family without support and a very poorly child lost the carers who she had known for many years and who were trained to manage her complex health needs. We were able to recruit a number of the carers from the agency so that they were directly employed by us and thus safeguard her care and emotional well being.
- Case B: There were numerous breaches of employment such as carers failing to turn up to work and providing negligent care. I managed a series of disciplinary proceedings and hearings resulting in a number of dismissals and warnings. The care team is now more hard working and positive and is providing a higher standard of care.
- Case C: Difficult negotiations with the child’s parents over expenditure such as holidays and household expenses, and resolving the issues between us.
- Case D: Dealing with the purchase of a suitable property, planning issues, and the necessary building works to adapt the property to meet the child’s needs.
Membership and appointments
- STEP diploma: passed with distinction in 2008
- Fully accredited member of SFE (Solicitors for the elderly)