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Areas of Expertise
|Financial Deputyships||Health & welfare deputyships||Expert witness statements (costs)||Local authority care services & funding|
|NHS care funding||SEN applications & appeals||Estate planning & trusts||Completion of tax returns for deputy clients|
|Court of Protection Panel of Deputies||STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)||Solicitors for the Elderly (team)|
About Barratts Solicitors
Here at Barratts we pride ourselves on being different; we’ve chosen to maintain our position as an independent, niche practice focused on complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases. We are not answerable to shareholders or large corporations.
A team of dedicated senior lawyers ensures that every case is handled by someone with the experience to deal with even the most complex cases, and our expertise is recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories which rank us as leaders in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence in the Midlands, though we work with clients across the country.
Our specialisation means that our Court of Protection and litigation teams work very closely together. We often arrange the appointment of a Deputy for clients when they have received an interim payment or recovered compensation, ensuring that a proper assessment is carried out by professionals so that the cost of a Deputy is included before a case settles.
Our Deputy Service aims to protect vulnerable clients and to ensure that they remain financially secure. We will be involved in decisions regarding the client’s day to day needs and our approach is to be proactive and involve clients as much as possible.
We prioritise immediate needs to improve quality of life and get involved in a range of activities and decision making (with advice from experts and the litigation team who will need to justify the costs when the case concludes) including:
- Appointing case managers and carers
- Acquiring or adapting property to suit the client’s needs
- Appointing specialist practitioners such as speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to support a client’s recovery
- Working with financial specialists to manage the investment of any compensation payments to generate the greatest benefits
About Barratt's Court of Protection department
Barratts’ dedicated Court of Protection Department is headed up by Julie Greenwood and is a reflection of the complex nature of the firm’s legal work. It is important to recognise this service as part of the strength and quality of advice for Barratts’ Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence work involving serious brain injury.
The majority of Barratts’ Deputy clients have recovered compensation with sums well in excess of 7 figures. The firm is able to offer a service with both PI and CN Panel member lawyers, supported by Julie Greenwood’s dedicated and practical approach to Deputy work. The Department is a natural extension for our clients with significant brain injury who lack capacity to manage their affairs.
The Court of Protection looks after people who have suffered a brain injury and are deemed unable to make decisions about important things like their financial arrangements. In this situation, Barratts will apply to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy – someone to help with that person’s finances. We ensure our clients remain involved with both the lawyer who runs the litigation case and the Deputy. We ensure that professionals have carried out a proper assessment so that the cost of a Deputy is included before your case settles.
Julie Greenwood handles the firm’s day-to-day deputy work which leaves the litigation teams free to concentrate fully on the compensation claim and we work closely together to make sure we get the best possible outcome for you. Julie gained a lot of experience of working on behalf of clinical negligence clients in high value cases before deciding to work full time as a Deputy from 2007 – her experience to the firm is invaluable. Clients benefit greatly from her depth of knowledge and she is praised for the support provided during the litigation as well as after the case has concluded.
Barratts’ personal approach means that we genuinely treat each client individually. We also recognise how important it is to listen to you and the experts so we can best meet your changing needs during your lifetime. You can feel confident that you are in the best hands to protect your future.
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About Julie Greenwood
Julie Greenwood heads up the Barratts’ Deputy team. She spent many years’ acting in high value clinical negligence cases before choosing to work full time as a Deputy in 2007. That earlier experience is invaluable, bringing a depth of knowledge to support clients during the litigation as well as after the case has concluded.
With 20 years’ experience as a fully qualified legal executive, Julie now specialises in Court of Protection work, acting as a professional deputy for many clients, all of whom have been awarded compensation as a result of a personal injury or clinical negligence claim.
Her role is to ensure the client’s best interests are served at all times, providing support, guidance and advice to enable clients to make as many decisions as possible in relation to their finances, and to manage those finances that the client is unable to manage. This includes obtaining independent professional investment advice.
Providing a personal and professional to service that reflects the needs of every single client is the key to client satisfaction; no two clients are the same, and Julie strives to consider the individual needs of each one.