Hugh James is currently appointed by the Court of Protection as a professional property and financial affairs deputy for over 130 individuals. We are regularly approached by solicitors, barristers and local authorities to act as property and financial affairs deputy for clients.
The type of clients we are appointed for include (but are not limited to) the following:
We also act as a professional trustee for a number of clients with large personal injury trusts in place.
Most of our clients have had claims for damages as a result of their injuries in either the civil courts or the CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority). Large settlements have been awarded as a result of these claims, to include an amount allowed for ongoing Court of Protection and deputyship costs. We become involved as early as possible in the litigation process to ensure that any interim awards are spent on appropriate care and therapy. We regularly see the positive effects that arise from this early therapeutic intervention.
We form lifelong relationships with our clients and their families. We do not act in isolation and we work with case managers and care providers to ensure that decisions are made in consultation with all those involved and are ultimately in the client’s best interests.
We understand the importance of fully engaging the individual concerned in the decision-making process if at all possible and are able to tailor our approach to their specific circumstances.
Our role is all encompassing and will involve most, if not all, of the following for each individual:
This is not an exhaustive list, as every client’s needs are different. We are happy to discuss any queries which you may have regarding our experience.
We believe that it is very important to have a fully multi-disciplinary approach to how we manage our client’s finances. Our team comprises solicitors, a qualified social worker, and a qualified accountant. This depth of experience allows us to fully understand our client’s needs, which is key to managing their finances in the best way possible. The team is assisted by a number of specialist Legal Assistants who have built up excellent relationships with our clients and their families, providing a high level of support in a cost-effective manner. See key contacts below.
Court of Protection
PO Box 70185
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
Telephone: 0300 456 4600
Office of the Public Guardian
PO Box 16185
Telephone: 0300 456 0300
Fax: 0870 739 5780
Court Funds Office
Court Funds Office
Telephone: 0300 0200 199
Official Solicitor and Public Trustee
Fax: 020 3681 2762