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Based in Manchester, this practice is the largest independent, specialist Court of Protection and mental capacity practice in the UK. Services include professional deputyships, Court of Protection applications, community care funding, welfare advice, judicial review, wills, trusts and estates advice for private clients, expert witness work and consultancy.

The firm: Hugh Jones Solicitors was founded in March 2013 by Hugh Jones, a nationally recognised leader in the Court of Protection field, and Rachel Dobson, Pannon's former head of operations. From a team of five people, it has expanded rapidly to a total staff of 48. The ethos of the firm is caring and compassionate, and it is committed to providing first-class and cost-effective services to all its clients, without carrying the overheads of a larger practice.

The firm's niche Court of Protection practice has been highly commended in The Law Society Excellence Awards 2017 and 2016 and winners of the Manchester Legal Awards Private Client Team of the Year 2017. The firm has the largest Court of Protection team in the North West with more qualified lawyers than almost any other firm nationally. Its private client team is also flourishing, being shortlisted again for STEP Vulnerable Client Adviser of the Year 2018/19 for the 4th year in a row.

Types of work undertaken: The firm understands and adapts to the special challenges faced by disabled and vulnerable clients, particularly those with impaired mental capacity, their families and advisers.

As a panel deputy, Hugh Jones accepts many complex cases, including pro bono matters and work referred by the Court of Protection, selecting Hugh for his specific expertise, even on cases out of his immediate area. The Court of Protection team, headed by Elizabeth Hughes, specialises in financial professional deputyship work, as well as stand-alone applications including financial abuse investigations, contentious matters, those with an international element and judicial review work, advising on local authorities' duty to fund.

Carol McBride leads a recently expanded team of private client specialists, who offer in-depth technical expertise in tax, trusts and estates, with a particular focus on the needs of disabled people and their families. The firm handles a significant volume of statutory will cases, and often represents objectors and respondents in contentious Court of Protection proceedings.

Hugh Jones, Liz Hughes, Carol McBride and Rebecca Brown are all in demand as expert witnesses in serious injury litigation.

  • Number of UK partners: 5
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 26
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Court of Protection: 60
  • Expert witness: 19
  • Private client: 20
  • Consultancy: 1

  • Languages
  • English
  • Member
  • STEP London

Above material supplied by Hugh Jones Solicitors.

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