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Richard Copson Principal Lawyer, Court of Protection

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Richard is a court of protection lawyer at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

He works in the disability rights and public law unit, part of the court of protection department.

He specialises in mental capacity law and community care as well as human rights and public law.

Most of his work involves aspects of the law affecting disabled people and their carers and people who lack capacity.

Richard has an excellent and longstanding reputation in disability rights and social welfare law and is a regular speaker at conferences.

He also provides training for parents and carers, lawyers and the voluntary sector on disability rights and mental capacity law.



  • Chambers and Partners
  • Chambers and Partners 2016: Richard has a "great grasp of community care issues and welfare benefits"
  • Legal 500 2016: "very skilled"
  • Chambers and Partners 2017: Richard "is wholly devoted to the cause - dedicated to doing whatever he can to assist the vulnerable and their families, and has an excellent grasp of both mental capacity and community care legislation."

Career history

  • Since 2013 Slater and Gordon
  • 2009 - 2013 Pannone Solicitors
  • 1995-2009 Glaisyers Solicitors
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association
  • Member of the Northern Administrative Law Association

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Recent Testimonials for Richard Copson

“I cannot express enough my thanks to you. This was a complex, difficult case with emotions running high. I had tried and failed to find someone to help them.  You stepped in to help when they were told no help was available. It has transformed lives. ”

Ms Young, London

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