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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 50. 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 was awarded the STEP Vulnerable Client Advisor of the year in 2018 for the second time since the firm opened in 2013 and has been highly commended in The Law Society Excellence Awards 2018, 2017 and 2016 and is nominated again in 2019.  The firm is also shortlisted in the SFE Wills and Probate awards 2019 for firm of the year north and national.

The firm has the largest Court of Protection team in the North West with more qualified lawyers than almost any other firm nationally.

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.

In 2019 the team was joined by Georgina Rowley from Hill Dickinson, a national expert in health and care decision making cases, including Judicial review and mediation and Lucy Law, a specialist in management of support workers for disabled clients.

The firm's team of private client specialists 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 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: 28
  • Breakdown of work %
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  • Court of Protection: 60
  • Expert witness: 19
  • Private client: 20
  • Consultancy: 1

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  • Languages
  • English
  • Member
  • CEDR
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)
  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)

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