Penningtons Manches LLP ‘consistently delivers an outstanding level of client service; the team has an excellent grasp of the needs of the most vulnerable and catastrophically brain injured clients’. The ‘knowledgeable, practical and approachable’ Julie Burton leads the team, which includes senior associate Daniel Toop, who is ‘very hardworking and extremely pragmatic’. The group acts as a professional deputy or trustee for individuals who have received an award as a result of a personal injury or clinical negligence claim. It acts for both children and adults with acquired brain injuries and other injuries across the UK and has some clients who live abroad. The team also acts for a number of elderly clients on estate management issues.
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Specialised team largely focused on acting for adults and children with acquired brain injuries as the result of personal injury and clinical negligence. Well equipped to handle the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious financial affairs and property work, including deputyships, statutory will applications and providing expert witness advice at trial. Also handles some welfare-related matters including care and capacity issues.
Strengths: One client says: ‘My experience with them has been exceptional. The team not only have a lot of experience, they also have broad expertise and capabilities, including complementary non-legal services that are extremely useful. I have been able to get support, help and advice on numerous issues.’
Another source says: ‘They are fabulous – a delight to deal with and very efficient.’
Head of the Court of Protection team Julie Burton also has a strong private client practice and is adept at managing complicated financial affairs. She regularly acts as both a professional deputy and trustee on behalf of individuals in receipt of substantial compensation awards, and also assists vulnerable clients with wills and estate planning. Sources note her ‘great patience’ with clients, adding: ‘She has a very calm demeanour, which is perfect for the sensitive circumstance she is dealing with.’
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Julie has been amazing. She obviously has huge empathy for our case, and it shows every time we see her. Her team is also wonderful, especially Gill Young who was amazing when I was in hospital for a few weeks and helped us through a worrying time by being just on the other end of the phone. We bless the day that Julie took us on. An enormous thank you.