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Melanie Williams – Freeths LLP Solicitors

Freeths LLP Solicitors
5000 Oxford Business Park South

Areas of Expertise

Financial Deputyships Health & welfare deputyships Expert witness statements (costs) Local authority care services & funding
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NHS care funding SEN applications & appeals Estate planning & trusts Completion of tax returns for deputy clients
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Professional Membership

Court of Protection Panel of Deputies STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Solicitors for the Elderly (team)
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About Freeths LLP Solicitors

Our sympathetic lawyers based in Oxford, London and Nottingham help people all over the country who lack capacity as the result of a catastrophic accident, birth injury, medical negligence or learning difficulties.

We accept referrals from families, solicitors, case managers, local authorities, charities and investment managers. Freeths can advise and deal with applications under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These include applications for one-off decisions by the Court concerning a client’s financial affairs or welfare issues, applications for the appointment of a Deputy, or applications for the approval of tax planning, gifts, trusts and Statutory Wills. Our extensive experience in the care, social services and benefits systems means that we can provide guidance and support to ensure that all available state funding is applied for.

We also support litigation solicitors by providing expert witness statements, which will identify the full range of responsibilities of a professional Deputy and which put monetary value on tasks, for the purposes of a claim involving lack of capacity. Our team are also experts in the reporting and taxation duties of deputies.

The Court of Protection team at Freeths is actively involved with The Silverlining; a national charity which provides support for those affected by brain injury, including friends and family.

Melanie Williams – Freeths LLP Solicitors

Freeths LLP Solicitors
5000 Oxford Business Park South

About Melanie Williams

Melanie works for clients all over the country as a professional Property and Affairs Deputy. Her clients include those with acquired brain injuries following medical negligence or personal injury. The role of Deputy involves taking responsibility for the property and affairs of someone who lacks the capacity to make decisions for themselves. The team at Freeths works with those who lack capacity together with their family and support team to ensure the best possible outcome.

Melanie is appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s Panel of court-approved deputies. This means that she can be appointed as deputy where there is nobody else able or willing to act or in circumstances where it is more appropriate for an independent professional to be appointed. There are only 70 panel deputies appointed throughout England and Wales.

Her work includes:

  • Property and Affairs Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection managing funds arising from catastrophic clinical negligence and personal injury claims.
  • Property and Affairs Deputy for those with dementia and learning difficulties.
  • Acting for professional & lay deputies on statutory will and welfare deputyship applications.
  • Drafting and administration of Personal Injury Trusts including High Court approved trusts for injured children.
  • Special interest in NHS Continuing Healthcare matters.

Melanie is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. She is recommended in Legal 500 and is also Scope recommended Adviser