Court of Protection

Since 2009 we have developed this department into one of the leaders in the region. Both Richard and Patricia are recognised experts in the field and receive referrals both from the Court of Protection and from other larger regional law firms and from Local Authorities, care providers and Mental Health Teams. Richard is a member of the Court of Protection’s panel of deputies of last resort, the highest accreditation in the field and one of only 60 members in England and Wales.

Richard is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and Patricia belongs to Action on Elder Abuse and holds the CLT Certificate with Distinction in Advising the Vulnerable Client.

Patricia specialises in contentious Court of Protection matters and appears regularly in the Court of Protection.

We can help where there is an argument between family members about the management of the property or money of an incapacitated individual and Patricia has a record of dealing sensitively and efficiently in finding a sensible way forward to achieve a satisfactory outcome both for the vulnerable adult and the family and avoid if possible protracted and expensive Court proceedings.

We can help you with:

  • Applying to be appointed a deputy for your relative
  • Assisting the family deputy with every aspect of the deputy’s responsibilities including:
  • Care home contracts and issues with care homes
  • Employment and payment of home carers
  • Local authority and NHS funding
  • Management of the day to day finances
  • Preparation of the annual report to the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Advising about the making of gifts and statutory wills
  • Purchase of a suitable home for the incapacitated person

Richard is one of very few to have been a member of the Panel since its formation some 20 years ago. He has been re-appointed at every re-assessment of the Panel membership which is carried out by the Office of the Public Guardian periodically to ensure that their Panel Deputies provide their Court of Protection clients with the utmost expertise, support and care in what can be very complex cases.

The Court chooses deputies from this panel when no one else is willing or able to act as deputy for a person who lacks mental capacity. Richard is a deputy for clients across the South of England and Patricia is a senior case worker. As such they both have a vast knowledge and experience of working with the Court of Protection and elderly and vulnerable clients.


Richard and Patricia also act as professional deputy and attorney for a number of clients when an independent deputy or attorney, rather than a family member, is for one reason or another, appropriate. Our charges for acting are always reasonable and proportionate. We can also act as a replacement deputy if you are dissatisfied with the existing professional deputy or attorney currently in place, whether this is because you rarely have contact with them (a common complaint where the deputy is a member of a large regional firm) , or because of the level of their fees.

We operate a 24/7 service for clients for whom we act as professional deputies and attorneys and are quite often called out at night and over weekends and bank holidays.

If we can help you with any Court of Protection matters, please telephone us, or E-mail or


Mrs Martin, I just want to thank you for all that you have done for my mother in such very difficult circumstances.

I have to say that you have been a beacon of professionalism and competence in a sea of poor service from many other parties. I will have no hesitation in using your services again and recommending you to others. Well done!

You could not have done better. Your service was first class – thank you.

We found you friendly, welcoming and we felt comfortable both in Reception and with the solicitor who went through the information clearly and we didn’t feel rushed.

All staff are extremely friendly and helpful, especially Emily and Laura who could always be relied upon to deal with queries quickly. I will definitely use you again – you are reasonably priced and efficient.

I was extremely satisfied with the service that we received from Andrews Martin.

Patricia, I cannot thank you enough for all the support, care, advice and hard work that you have given me in what has been a very emotional rollercoaster regarding my dad. Thanking you again.

Patricia I have recommended you because you really care about your clients – you stand up for them against all challenges and really go the extra mile.

Emily, You cannot improve on perfection.

Just to thank you for dealing with my documents so professionally yesterday

Your service was outstanding – there was nothing that you could have done to improve!

Laura was a star!

Emily bent over backwards to solve problems when they occurred and kept me informed throughout.

Your level of service was excellent.

In Richard we have a quite outstanding deputy for my sister.

I will definitely be happy to recommend Andrews Martin – in fact I already have!