everyone would like to BE IN A POSITION where they could permanently MAKE theiR OWN DECISIONS, UNFORTUNATELY THIS MAY NOT always BE possible.
All of us would wish to carry on running our personal and financial affairs for as long as we can, with the ability to make our own decisions. However, there are many factors that could affect our capacity to do this, including severe learning disabilities, mental health problems, a brain injury or stroke, an accident causing severe injury, or simply old age.
Our knowledgeable and specialist team understands the issues which arise from those suffering from a lack of capacity and have the skills to advise and assist with both contentious and non-contentious issues relating to a matter.
Within our team, we have lawyers who are members of Solicitors for the Elderly, STEP, the Law Society Private Client section and Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel. Patricia Wass has been appointed to the new panel of approved deputies created by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), one of only 65 professionals appointed nationwide.
Foot Anstey’s team is ‘very active’ and has developed an ‘excellent reputation’ for its mental capacity work. Patricia Wass and legal director Stacey Bryant are ‘very knowledgeable and empathetic’. Legal 500 2015
"Their performance has impressed at all times. The operations within the offices are very professional and efficient and, as clients, we are very well looked after by the team." Chambers 2015
"They're responsive, very fair, have an impressive sensitivity, and the best interests of the client always override any other considerations." Chambers 2015
This specialist team can offer extensive services including Lasting Powers of Attorney, acting as or for deputies, making applications to the Court of Protection, professional deputyships, expert witness service, Living Wills and acting as litigation friends.
We are able to offer a collaborative approach between the non-contentious and contentious aspects of Court of Protection work and are often instructed by the Official Solicitor to act in the interests of clients who are not able to manage their own affairs.