Hyphen Law

Christine Bunting

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Christine is a a Director of Hyphen Law a specialist law firm dealing with Property and Affairs Deputyships and the creation and management of Personal Injury Trusts.

Christine was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1985 and has more than 30 years’ experience of working in Private Practice. Christine is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and of the Professional Deputies Forum.

Over the last 25 plus years Christine has developed and managed teams which deal exclusively with Mental Capacity issues. She joined Thrings LLP in November 2011 to head the specialist deputyship team within that practice. In September 2013 the Thrings deputyship team became Hyphen Law. Christine is responsible for the service that Hyphen Law delivers and she oversees the management of the firms’ deputyships and Personal Injury Trusts.

Christine is regularly appointed to act as a Professional Deputy by the Court of Protection on behalf of clients who are considered to lack the necessary mental capacity to manage some or all aspects of their property and affairs. These clients usually lack mental capacity by reason of a catastrophic brain injury or severe mental health difficulties. Christine’s clients have usually received or go on to receive substantial compensation awards as a result of complex injuries. The majority of these Deputyships involve complex financial and personal arrangements and some involve assets within a foreign jurisdiction.

Christine also acts as a Professional Trustee of Personal Injury Trusts.

Clients currently range in age from 5 to 70. Many of Christine’s Deputyships and Trusteeships are for children and young people.

Christine and members of Hyphen Law frequently work alongside litigation teams in other law firms to provide independent Deputyship and Personal Injury Trust services as well as providing support to lay Deputies and Trustees.

Christine is increasingly in demand as an expert witness and receives over 20 instructions per annum.

Professional Memberships

Chartered Legal Executive

Full member of S.T.E.P

Member of Solicitors for the Elderly

Member of Professional Deputies Forum

Member of Court of Protection Users Group

Publications

Christine regularly write articles for the legal and disability press and is an invited contributor to Facts & Figures: Tables for the Calculation of Damages, producing the Section on Court of Protection and Court of Protection Costs. Christine is also an author for the CILEX journal.

Personal

In her spare time she enjoys raising funds for the charity ‘Cerebra’ who provide support and undertake research for children and young people with neurological conditions, her efforts so far have included a sky-dive, a wing walk on a 1930’s Boeing- Stearman biplane and in April 2019 trekking to Everest Base Camp. Christine is a recipient of the Prime Ministers Points of Light Award in recognition of her fundraising activities for Cerebra and was both proud and humbled to receive it on behalf of the many others who work so hard to support that charity

Clients

Client testimonials include:

‘Christine Bunting gives well-reasoned, persuasive evidence and her preparation is very thorough’

“Christine Bunting is exceptional - truly top notch”

‘Christine Bunting, who is sought after as both a Deputy and an expert witness leads the team’

‘Christine Bunting is an outstanding practitioner. She has an amazing depth of knowledge that she is always willing to share and she is incredibly supportive of those around her’

Work Highlights

As an expert Christine has been instructed on more than 130 occasions providing evidence to the High Court both orally and in writing most recently in the landmark cases of James Robshaw - v – United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 923 (QB) and JR v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, [2017] EWHC 1245 (QB).

Christine is a member of the Court of Protection Court users group having been invited to join at its inception. Christine regularly write articles for the legal and disability press and is an invited contributor to Facts & Figures: Tables for the Calculation of Damages, producing the Section on Court of Protection and Court of Protection Costs. Christine is also an author for the CILEX journal.

In 2017 Christine was recognised by Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Law Society as Lawyer of the Year and was runner up for the Presidents Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2018 she was the recipient of the CILEX national award for Advancing the Legal Profession.