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Court of Protection: Property & Affairs

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Instructing solicitors praise the "depth of expertise" available within 5 Stone Buildings, and describe it as "the pre-eminent set for property and affairs matters." Members are recognised for their expert handling of lasting powers of attorney disputes, deputyship-related matters and complex statutory will and gift applications, and are regularly involved in leading test cases. The team routinely receives instructions from leading private client firms, as well as the Public Guardian and the Official Solicitor. Interviewees further note that "the set's barristers have developed a real specialism in this area, so you can trust them to put your case forward in the best possible way."

Client service:

"Paul Jennings, the senior clerk, is really on top of the work and comes back really quickly with cost estimates. He's also very good at advising on who is the most appropriate person to deal with each case, which is so important." "The clerks are friendly, organised and helpful."

Strengths:

Alexander Drapkin
A strong junior with broad experience in the Court of Protection encompassing statutory will applications, attorneyship disputes and the exercise of trust powers. He is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor to intervene in the affairs of incapacitated individuals.
"He gets on top of the papers very quickly and is able to give robust advice directly to the client both on a technical and practical level." "He is a very intelligent and thoughtful person." "Very knowledgeable and great both on his feet and on paper."
Recent work: Advised and appeared for the trust corporations of 11 leading solicitors' practices in the hearing of 36 applications for deputyship, listed together as a test case.

Strengths:

Barbara Rich
Top-class Court of Protection barrister who has great experience in high-value, complex cases. She is also an expert on probate, the validity of wills and the administration of estates and trusts. She has additional expertise in dispute resolution. 
"Very thoughtful and non-invasive in her approach. She has an air of confidence and pragmatism about her." "She is very thorough and researches and analyses everything."

Strengths:

David Rees QC
He is an expert in matters that concern incapacity and elderly clients. He is noted for his unusual expertise in international and cross-border Court of Protection work that challenges the court's jurisdiction, and for handling cases that analyse orders made by foreign courts. He is sought after for high-profile cases with substantial damages, particularly by the Official Solicitor.
"His knowledge in this area is unparalleled." "He is straight-talking, profoundly knowledgeable and beyond a doubt one of the best Court of Protection barristers that there is. What David doesn't know, isn't worth knowing."
Recent work: Instructed in a test case examining the basis upon which the Court of Protection could give effect to foreign powers of attorney.

Strengths:

Jordan Holland
Has a thriving Court of Protection practice and receives a significant number of his cases from the Official Solicitor. He is active in a variety of Court of Protection matters, ranging from statutory will applications to disputes over deputyships. He offers pragmatic advice regarding the management of both domestic and international assets.
"He is a joy to work with and has always got his eye on the client's best interests."

Strengths:

Mark Baxter
Active Court of Protection barrister who handles a number of complex cases as part of his wide chancery practice. He has broad spectrum experience including disputed deputyships, contested statutory wills and trusts. He is further noted for his knowledge of children's rights.
"Very user-friendly and a smooth advocate." "Mark brings the calm, measured focus that is required in Court of Protection matters and is great with clients." "Very analytical and has great attention to detail."

Strengths:

Michael O'Sullivan
Noted junior with a wealth of experience in Court of Protection applications who is also adept at handling trusts and probate matters. He is also well known for his professional negligence practice and is often instructed in complex and high-value disputes, including those concerning large landed estates. 
"He is practical and sensible." "He's very thorough, personable and gets on well with clients."

Strengths:

Penelope Reed QC
Top-class silk whose extensive chancery experience informs her excellent Court of Protection practice. She has been involved in numerous high-value, complex applications in the Court of Protection. She is instructed by an impressively diverse client base encompassing charities, vulnerable individuals and families. 
"Her advocacy is so clear and when you listen to her you just know she's right." "Very sensible and down to earth, and she doesn't mess about."

Strengths:

Ruth Hughes
Instructed most frequently by the Official Solicitor, she handles cases involving statutory will applications, deputyships and divorce, among other things. She is well known for her work in cross-jurisdictional property and affairs matters, and has handled international matters arising under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She is additionally instructed in high-value cases with a significant personal welfare element. 
"Practical, realistic and sympathetic." "She is very creative and finds solutions to difficult situations." "Her passion for what she does is very impressive, and she is very accessible. She's really on the ball when new issues arise."
Recent work: Instructed in three conjoined test cases concerning the authority conferred by a standard deputyship order and a professional deputy's ability to instruct his or her own firm in litigation for P or for P's benefit and manage the inevitable conflict of interest.

Strengths:

Sarah Haren QC
Her broad chancery practice encompasses both non-contentious and contentious work, and she is experienced in probate, inheritance claims and trusts matters. Haren has received instructions from a range of sources, including the Official Solicitor. She is also frequently called upon to act in disputed property, gift and statutory will applications.
"Has a good manner in court." "It is an immense relief to hand a case to her as she is so reassuring and never misses any points of significance."

Strengths:

Tracey Angus QC
Has a broad practice that encompasses contentious probate, trusts and all sides of Court of Protection work, including health and welfare as well as property and affairs. She is instructed by a broad range of clients including charities, individuals and the Official Solicitor. She brings her forensic grasp of trust law to assist in cases of negligence.
"She has a meticulous approach to her cases and provides very clear advice. She's very popular with clients and the court." "Renowned as a formidable practitioner at the top of her game."

Strengths:

William East
Well known for his breadth of experience in chancery matters, he is frequently involved in cases concerning statutory wills and contested deputyships, some of which are highly complex and involve challenging clients. Often sought out to act on cases involving financial negligence.
"Unflappable in court and very responsive. He is always in control and his written work is excellent." "Has a fantastic eye for detail and a clear grasp of strategy. "
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning an application by a deputy for authorisation to make gifts of nearly £2 million with the intention of saving Inheritance Tax, together with ongoing gifts out of income.

Court of Protection: Property & Affairs

5 Stone Buildings

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Court of Protection: Property & Affairs


David Rees QC
Star Individuals
Penelope Reed QC
Band 1
Sarah Haren QC
New Silks
Tracey Angus QC
Band 2

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Court of Protection: Property & Affairs


Alexander Drapkin
Band 3
Barbara Rich
Star Individuals

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