111-117 Regent Street,
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)|
At Barcan+Kirby, we pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable, providing intelligent, efficient and clear legal solutions.
Providing a high standard of care is the cornerstone of our success. Our vision is to build on our reputation for excellence, retaining our position as a major force in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire legal sector.
In 2019, we won ‘Firm of the Year (up to 20 Partners)’ at the Bristol Law Society Awards, and Bristol Life’s Legal Award. We also won ‘Solicitor Firm of the Year (South)’ at The British Wills and Probate Awards, and the ‘Business Award for Gender’ at the Bristol Diversity Awards.
Many of our lawyers are leading practitioners in their field, and we continue to be recognised in Chambers and Partners, having received a band 1 ranking for Clinical Negligence and band 2 for Personal Injury. We also received a Top Tier ranking in Legal 500.
111-117 Regent Street,
About Thomas Sharkey
Tom joined Barcan+Kirby in 2001 and heads up our Court of Protection department, dealing with property, affairs, and welfare cases. He helps clients with deputyship applications and disputes, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Office of the Public Guardian investigations, gifts and statutory Wills.
Tom also undertakes cases involving disputes in the Court of Protection regarding care and treatment decisions, and deprivation of liberty issues.
Tom acts as a professional deputy when a relative isn’t able to assume the legal burden of managing someone else’s interests. His previous experience as a care solicitor representing children in care proceedings means he has an acute awareness of vulnerable people’s needs and the issues they often face in welfare cases.
Tom was among the first 30 lawyers appointed to the Law Society’s Mental Capacity panel of experts in 2017. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), an organisation that works with families facing difficult issues relating to inheritance and succession planning, and holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in advising vulnerable clients.