Philippa is a partner and head of the Private Client & Court of Protection team.
She qualified as a solicitor in 1987. She specialised in PI and clinical negligence litigation for 20 years before moving to private client law in 2006. She has particular expertise in acting as professional deputy for brain injured clients with personal injury and clinical negligence settlements. She also acts as deputy for clients with dementia, mental health problems and learning disability.
Philippa also acts as expert witness in personal injury litigation to provide the court with details of the likely deputyship costs. She is instructed by both claimants and defendants.
Philippa is experienced in the following areas:
Managing the financial affairs of mentally incapacitated clients, whether as deputy, attorney or trustee
All aspects of Court of Protection work
Obtaining probate and administering estates
Drafting trust deeds, powers of attorney and wills
She regularly publish articles in Personal Injury journals dealing with mental capacity and deputyship issues as they effect personal injury lawyers.
STEP diploma: passed with distinction in 2008
1985 Legal Practice Course
1984 Common professional Exam – placed 2nd in order of merit
1983 Warwick university: English and European Literature BA
2014 – Hodge Jones & Allen: partner and head of Private Client
1990 – Edwards Duthie: partner and head of department
1985 – Hodge Jones & Allen: trainee and assistant solicitor
I have been referred cases by the Official Solicitor, numerous Personal Injury and clinical negligence law firms, barristers and financial advisors.
Case A: Acting for a brain injured adult with a substantial award of damages. As a result of family breakdown, there was litigation over the family finances and his residence, care and access to both parents. I was required to represent the client at various court hearings and settlement meetings.
Case B: Acting for a young adult with a severe head injury where there are serious safeguarding concerns with regard to financial exploitation by her friends.
Case C: Acting for a brain injured child with a substantial award of damages where the parents are seeking large sums of money for expenditure which will not benefit the child and Court of Protection proceedings were required to resolve the issues.
Case D: Taking over a complex deputyship where the former deputy has mismanaged deputyship funds. I was required to analyse the decisions made by the lay deputy and write a detailed report for the court.
Membership and appointments
Member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
Fully accredited professional member of SFE (Solicitors for the elderly), a specialist panel of solicitors acting for vulnerable clients and those lacking mental capacity
Most of us have some important documents like an original will or a power of attorney. If you keep these documents at home, there is a risk of loss if you are burgled, or of damage by flooding or fire.Many people choose to store their original wills with their bank. Some banks charge for this service. Banks do not always provide a reliable service as wills can still be mislaid by them.