Court of Protection: Expert Witness Services

Our Court of Protection experts regularly advise litigation solicitors concerning the likely Court of Protection and Deputyship costs of an individual in personal injury and clinical negligence proceedings.

Our experts act for both claimant and defendant solicitors in providing a report or witness statement concerning Court of Protection and Deputyship costs, attending joint discussions, conferences and trial where necessary.


Andrew Harding, Partner at Hugh James and Head of the Court of Protection Department

Andrew is widely instructed by other solicitors and counsel to provide expert witness input regarding Court of Protection and deputyship costs, to include both written statements and oral evidence at trial or tribunal. He has been described by one tribunal as an “...impressive witness, in full command of the often complex and challenging area of work in which he specialises.”

Andrew has been assisting individuals with an acquired brain injury as well as their families for well over 20 years. He has acted as a financial deputy for more than 19 years and established the firm's specialist  Court of Protection unit in 1998.

For more information regarding this area of work please contact Andrew Harding directly.


Robert Hurling, Partner

Robert regularly provides expert witness evidence in relation to Court of Protection and Deputyship costs in litigated cases. He acts as a professional deputy for property and finances and also assists lay deputies with the day to day running of their deputyships.

Robert has acted for many individuals with a significant compensation award following a successful clinical negligence or personal injury claim. He has been involved in the employment of care teams, purchasing and adapting property, liaising with investment advisors and case managers.

Robert has extensive experience of making applications to the Court of Protection (both contentious and non-contentious) for statutory wills, gifts, and variations to deputyship orders, including permission to purchase property, as well as applications to release funds from the Court Funds Office.

Robert is also able to assist clients who have a damages award and wish to establish a personal injury trust.

As well as practicing in England & Wales, Robert has an interest in mental capacity law in other jurisdictions and is a member of the International Guardianship Network.

Key contact

Andrew is a partner and head of the neurolaw team at Hugh James. He leads a multidisciplinary team representing only claimants and their families following traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, providing help and support with a heavy emphasis on rehabilitation. The Hugh James Neurolaw Team includes a unique specialist Court of Protection unit, providing professional deputy input to those who lack the necessary capacity to manage and administer their own finances.

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