Lupton Fawcett Named as Panel Member
Lupton Fawcett is pleased to announce that associate solicitor Daniel Lumb has been appointed to the Court of Protection's new Panel of professional Deputies. The new Panel consists of only 65 members across the country and competition for membership was intense with the Court receiving over 600 applications from solicitors, accountants and charities.
A Deputy is someone appointed by the Court to manage the financial affairs or welfare of a person who has become unable to manage their affairs, for example as a result of dementia or a brain injury. If a person does not have an effective power of attorney, the Court may appoint a Deputy to take their day-to-day decision for them. In the great majority of cases, a relative is the best person to be appointed but often there is no suitable relative or friend to take on the role and in such cases the Court turns to the Panel for a suitable professional.
The appointment of Daniel follows a rigorous three stage selection process which first ensured certain minimum standards were met around core knowledge and systems; the skills of individual applicants were then assessed; and finally, the remaining applicants underwent an independent sift by the Law Society and a Court of Protection Visitor.
Daniel and the other solicitors comprising Lupton Fawcett's team of Court of Protection specialists act for clients based across the country, dealing with a wide range of capacity and estate planning issues. He said: "I am delighted to be appointed as a Panel Deputy. This appointment recognises the hard work and expertise of all the members of the Court of Protection team based in both our Leeds and Sheffield offices."