"Very hardworking, knowledgeable and empathetic." Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession
I head up the Court of Protection team, specialising in setting up compensation trusts for children and adults of clinical negligence and personal injury actions. READ MORE >
I head up the Court of Protection team, specialising in setting up compensation trusts for children and adults of clinical negligence and personal injury actions. I administer trusts for families, setting them up in such a way as to protect assets and preserve state benefits.
I help clients through stressful times, by managing the employment of case managers and carers, purchasing specialised equipment and motor vehicles as well as briefing specialised surveyors to adapt properties for disabled clients.
I also act as a Professional Deputy in Court of Protection matters and a Trustee of Personal Injury Trusts, advising on practical issues as well as completing accounts and assessing financial needs. I advise on the completion of ad hoc applications to the Court of Protection regarding tax planning, gifts and care allowances.
I am a regular speaker for charities and community groups on Deputyship and mental capacity issues as well as offering seminars to other solicitors in my specialist area. An article I prepared on lasting powers of attorney was referred to on a national legal website. I have also appeared on Money Box and Moneywise Internet TV as well as being a guest speaker on Radio 4 and Radio Berkshire and I regularly sit on a panel of speakers to advise on deputyship issues.
The compensation trusts are extremely interesting as I become involved in several different matters which the families may require assistance on. This may include becoming involved in employment issues with carers as well as educational issues for the children. I also enjoy the deputyship work as I get to know families very well and can ensure their needs are met in the most cost effective way.
Memberships include the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Probate Section, the Association of Woman Solicitors and Solicitors for the Elderly. I am also dual qualified with the New York State Bar.
I have recently completed the Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) Award, an externally accredited award, focusing on specialist client care skills to advise and support older and vulnerable clients.
After graduating in Law from Southampton University then Guildford Law School, I trained at a niche private client firm in Winchester, before qualifying in 1990. Following this I was an associate with another Reading firm before taking a six year career break, accompanying my husband on a posting to the USA. In this time I qualified as an Attorney in the USA and worked in a pro bono clinic just outside of Washington DC. A move back to the UK saw me join Boyes Turner in 2002.
I like to spend time with my family, and enjoy travel and playing the piano. I am also a stained glass maker.