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Patricia is a consultant in our mental capacity team and specialises in Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection work and legal issues relating to the elderly and vulnerable. She is a Panel Deputy for the Office of the Public Guardian, one of only 70 people throughout England and Wales. She lectures regularly on her practice area for various legal training providers and contributes articles to legal journals.
Patricia was elected Global Chair of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) in October 2016. STEP is the professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. Patricia served as a member of the West of England STEP Committee between 2000 and 2013 (Chair between 2006 and 2009) and is a Past Chair of the Law Society Private Client Executive Committee. Patricia is the Immediate Past Chair of the STEP England & Wales Regional Committee, is a member of the STEP Governance Council and acts as a Director on the STEP Worldwide Board.
She is also a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and assisted on the Committee for the Devon & Cornwall SFE Regional Group. Patricia is recognised as a 'Leader in her Field' by Chambers UK legal directory.
One market commentator describes her as "the deputy's deputy: she cares more than anyone else. She's just absolutely brilliant." Chambers 2019
Patricia is an "outstanding practitioner who knows her stuff, is sympathetic, intelligent and approachable". Legal 500 2019
Sources describe her as "utterly fantastic" and "extremely knowledgeable," further praising her "reasonable but firm" manner with clients. Chambers 2018
Patricia Wass is ‘a first-class lawyer and panel deputy’. Legal 500 2017
"She certainly has the right qualities to deal with matters sensitively and appropriately for families in a very difficult position." Chambers 2017
"One of the great people, a deputy's deputy - her commitment, her kindness, her expertise, her willingness to go absolutely the extra mile for clients is wonderful." Chambers 2016
"You're in safe hands with her and can have absolute confidence in her knowledge and experience." Chambers 2015
"She is fantastic. A very well-connected, experienced panel deputy who is a safe pair of hands." Clients assert: "She always retains her professionalism with people who are quite often under stress, and is very approachable." Chambers 2014
Patricia has written for the Law Society and has been interviewed by industry publications including STEP - 'The Protection Panellist', Citywealth Magazine and in PLG, the disability property specialists, 'Property applications in the Court of Protection'.