Court of Protection
Since joining the court of protection department, I've found the team innovative and open minded, always looking to improve the ways of working to allow better support for clients.
Get to know Melanie
I qualified as a solicitor in 2012 after having worked as paralegal and trainee for 5 years prior.
My career began in a busy legal aid firm which allowed exposure to a broad spectrum of legal areas, all focused on protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in society. From representing clients at welfare benefit tribunals, defending housing possession proceedings and preventing evictions; to police station representation; drafting wills, powers of attorney and dealing with probate matters.
Upon qualification I focused on wills, trusts, probate and court of protection work.
I now work in the court of protection department, dealing with the likes of: personal injury trusts, professional deputyships, infant settlement trusts, applications to appoint lay deputies and statutory will applications.
My earlier legal aid training has given me the knowledge to recognise and advise on many of the peripheral issues which affect out court of protection clients, such as welfare benefits and housing matters, ensuring that they get well rounded advice and protection.