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Support for Vulnerable Clients

Dedicated Court of Protection lawyers

Court of Protection

Burnetts’ Court of Protection team involves a professional Court of Protection Deputy with support from specialist lawyers.

The overall aim of the Court of Protection lawyers is to provide support to vulnerable clients in the management of their financial affairs and to ensure that any damages they have been awarded for their injuries are properly managed to the client’s life-long benefit.

When a child or an adult without mental capacity receives a damages payment, that settlement is paid into the Court of Protection and must be administered by a Deputy, appointed by the Court. The Deputyship role can be taken by a family member, but very often, a professional Deputy is appointed as an experienced, reliable and trusted adviser who can provide a continuity of support to the client and his / her family.

Burnetts’ professional deputy is Nick Gutteridge. Having a limited number of Deputyships, he can ensure that all clients receive a high standard of service and attention: he knows every client personally and regularly visits them at home to make certain he has an in depth understanding of their needs and circumstances. Nick is supported by specialist Court of Protection lawyers Caroline Manningham and Paralegal Wendy Bell.

Our Court of Protection service includes:

• Financial management and investment of your financial award
• Advice on property purchases and modifications, specialist equipment and vehicles
• Ongoing liaison with case managers who will put in place and manage care and therapy packages to support clients
• Advice to families on allowable purchases through Court of Protection funds
• Financial reporting including completion of tax returns on clients’ behalf and annual reports.

For further information on Burnetts’ Court of Protection lawyers, contact Nick Gutteridge on 01228 552222

Who to contact

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Nick Gutteridge

Nick Gutteridge is Burnetts' Managing Partner.