Leading law firm Chadwick Lawrence is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Court of Protection team in response to a significant increase in demand for services in this area. The firm has appointed Grace Armstrong as the first member of the team, further enhancing its capacity to assist clients in Court of Protection matters.

Grace Armstrong brings a wealth of experience and expertise in Court of Protection affairs. Having completed her training contract in 2012, Grace specialised in Personal Injury litigation and Court of Protection. Over the years, she has developed a deep understanding of the needs and challenges faced by clients in these complex matters. Her extensive background in managing compensation awards for Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury clients, including the management of funds through Professional Deputyships and Professional Trusts, makes her a valuable asset to the new department.

Grace was drawn to Chadwick Lawrence due to its strong presence in the Yorkshire legal industry and the firm's commitment to client service and community initiatives. Joining a forward-thinking firm that aimed to establish a dedicated Court of Protection department aligned with her professional aspirations. She is impressed by the firm's friendly and approachable culture and the emphasis placed on building long-term relationships with clients.

The Court of Protection is a specialist court that handles decision-making on behalf of vulnerable individuals who may require support in making these decisions themselves. This includes decisions relating to finances, property, and health and welfare. Chadwick Lawrence's Court of Protection team offers a comprehensive range of services, including assistance with applications for Deputyship, management of Personal Injury Trusts, Statutory Will applications, and guidance for existing Deputies on their roles and duties.

Although Chadwick Lawrence already provided legal services and aid in Court of Protection matters through its Clinical Negligence and Probate departments, by establishing a dedicated team, the firm will streamline and enhance its services, offering specialist advice and support to both internal and external clients.

With Grace Armstrong as the inaugural member of the team, Chadwick Lawrence plans to grow and expand its Court of Protection offering. The team will work closely with the wider firm to develop tailored solutions and extend its reach to assist an even greater number of clients. As the department continues to evolve, additional resources may be considered to meet the demand effectively.

The new Court of Protection team currently consists of Grace Armstrong, along with Susan Preece, an Associate with 25 years of experience in Wills, LPAs, and Court of Protection applications, and Karen Motley, a Paralegal with over 20 years of experience in Clinical Negligence litigation and the management of damages through Professional Deputyships and Trusts.

Head of the Wills and Probate team, Howard Dapin says “The establishment of our new Court of Protection team marks a big moment for the firm, especially in the wider Wills and Probate department. Being able to provide specialist advice on a full range of Court of Protection matters will mean that a wider range of clients can get the advice and assistance they need, which is the most important thing to us at Chadwick Lawrence.”

We can provide our clients at Chadwick Lawrence with specialist advice in respect of a full range of Court of Protection matters. We can also work alongside our colleagues across the Personal Services Division to provide a coordinated offering to existing clients who may be affected by loss of financial capacity.