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About our Court of Protection team

Anthony Fairweather is the Managing Partner of private client services at Clarke Willmott LLP where he heads up the private client team in their Bristol office.  The Legal 500 2010 states “he knows his subject inside out”. Anthony is the only Court of  Protection panel deputy in Bristol and looks after clients across the country but mainly in the Midlands and West Country . He has been interested in medical issues for many years, working closely with the Court of Protection and families, to safeguard the interests of those unable to manage their own affairs. As a result he acts as a deputy for many people who are incapable of handling their own finances. He advises around all areas of local authority and nhs care including representing families who are seeking NHS continuing care on appeal. He aims to give an overview of who and when the different bodies are responsible and what funding is available. Likewise, many people find the means assessment process by Local Authorities confusing and difficult to understand. For instance, how do they value the family home? Who and how is a charge put on the property? What if someone is still living there? How is that taken into account? He also provides advice on inheritance tax planning . Anthony is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a full member of the Society of Estate & Trust Practitioners. Additionally he has a Certificate in Financial Planning and is a member of the Institute of Financial Planning. He has been on the Spinal Injury, Headway and Law Society Medical Panels and presently sits on the  Law Society mediation panel. Anthony lives in Somerset.

Jess Flanagan specialises in welfare proceedings in the Court of Protection, including residence, care and contact disputes and applications made under Section 21A Mental Capacity Act 2005 concerning Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Jess also specialises in representing family members and the vulnerable adult through a litigation friend – including the Official Solicitor. Jess has specialist knowledge of Community Care law and Mental Health Act 1983, including representation of detained patients in the Mental Health Review Tribunal.