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
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)
Most probate practitioners have come across clients who report the death of a relative, come to the office to collect the will and advise us that they can deal with the probate themselves. It is not uncommon for the same client to return a few months later looking harassed, carrying boxes of papers and correspondence, and very keen to hand the whole lot over and get someone else to do it for them.
There has been a great deal of press coverage of the sad case of Charlie Gard who was born with a very rare genetic disease causing progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) advised his parents that there was no prospect of recovery and that his condition was terminal.