Deputyship Surgery: The questions you want to ask but are afraid to…

When: 26th January 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Online via Livestorm
Cost: FREE

Throughout 2023, PADSN are hosting a series of Deputyship Surgeries aimed at both public and private sector deputyship professionals, discussing some hot topics in the field and giving you the chance to get your burning questions off your chest!

For our first session we will be focusing on questions that you want to ask but are afraid to. Regardless of how long you have worked in the field, there will always be questions that might feel a bit silly to ask, but you need answering.

Well now is your chance! Pose your questions anonymously to our panel and we’ll see if we can answer them for you. For instance, you could ask about the process of making an urgent application to the Court, how you would go about it or why do we need to send certain forms to certain people.

Whatever the question is, let us have them and we’ll discuss in this upcoming Deputyship surgery.

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We will be joined by…

Natalie Smith
Court of Protection Associate Solicitor
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

Natalie completed their training with Irwin Mitchell gaining experience in the Court of Protection, Medical Negligence and Public Law departments and qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Since qualifying, Natalie has worked in the Court of Protection department, specialising in the management of funds for clients who are unable to deal with their own financial affairs. The majority of their clients have brain injuries and have been awarded compensation that needs to be managed in their best interests.

Natalie also provides advice and assistance to people who act, or wish to act, as Property and Affairs Deputy for their loved ones, works closely with the personal injury teams to provide litigation support from a Court of Protection perspective, and is often involved in managing interim payments, for example, to establish care regimes and purchase new properties for clients when a claim is still ongoing.

James Batey
Legal Practitioner
Wilson Browne Solicitors

James is an experienced Court of Protection practitioner within the Court of Protection team. He works closely with the team and other professionals, such as case managers and financial advisers, involved in clients’ financial, legal, care and welfare matters. He is responsible for advising on and drafting all types of applications to the Court of Protection, including applications to appoint deputies, statutory will applications, and applications for family care payments.

James worked for over 25 years in a variety of roles in the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian. His most recent role was as an authorised court officer in the Court of Protection, a judicial office, where he was responsible for appointing deputies for property and affairs, and making a wide range of orders relating to managing the finances of vulnerable people. He was also a member of the Court of Protection Rules committee, where he helped develop the 2017 court rules, which set out how to make applications, and how the court will manage applications before it.

Because of his background, James has a unique inside knowledge of how the Court of Protection really works and uses this to get the best outcomes for his clients, at what is often a stressful and traumatic time.

Further speakers to be announced soon!

Our host for this session…

David Lockwood
Senior Business Development Manager
Finders International

Dave is a former Deputy Decision Maker appointed by the Court of Protection in England and Wales. Dave’s experience comes from working in four diverse local authorities across London and the South East, dealing with varied services, ongoing legislation changes and increased workloads with decreasing resources; managing expectations from both the public and internal colleagues.

Not only does Dave have experience of acting as a Deputy under the Court of Protection, he is also well versed in the complexities of dealing with the statutory obligation of providing funerals under the Public Health Act. Dave is also one of the founding members and former chair of APAD (The Association of Public Authority Deputies).

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