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Court of Protection

Our Private Client Team specialises in Court of Protection matters, and has extensive experience in preparing both short form bills (for profit costs of £3,000 or less) and detailed bills for assessment; whether it is the costs of appointing a Deputy, the Deputy’s annual general management costs, or the costs of a statutory will application.

We also advise on the outcome of assessments by the Senior Courts Costs Office and whether it is worth appealing the same.

We can also advise with regard to the completion of the recently introduced form OPG105, and the calculation of the estimated costs in the next reporting period required in section 3 of the form.

  • Short form Bills
  • Detailed Bills for Assessment
  • Costs of Appointing a Deputy
  • Annual General Management Bills (which are short form or Detailed Bills)
  • Estimates of Costs with Form OPG105
  • Statutory Will Applications
  • Advising on outcomes of assessments at SCCO

Probate

We regularly prepare bills in non-contentious probate matters. Solicitors may not normally consider instructing Costs Draftsmen to cost their probate files, however we find we often achieve a higher level of profit costs than expected by solicitors who often underestimate the time they have actually spent on the file. We also prepare bills and advise on contentious probate and Inheritance Act claims, where difficulties have occurred and disputes have arisen.

  • Non-contentious Probate – Solicitor Own Client Bills
  • Contentious Probate Bills & Costs Budgets
  • Inheritance Act Claims

Family

  • Private Divorce Costs

 

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QD (Habitual Residence) (No.2) [2020] EWCOP 14 (25 March 2020)

P was in his 60s and suffered from Dementia in Alzheimer’s Disease which was connected with an atypical form of Parkinson’s disease. Due to these conditions, he had a significant cognitive impairment. He had been residing in Spain for several years with his second wife but had been brought to the UK by his two […]

Re ACC & Others [2020] EWCOP9

This was a test case concerning the conflicts of interest that may arise where a solicitor Property and Affairs Deputy instructs their own law firm to carry out acts or conduct litigation for the person who is the subject of the Deputyship Order (“P”). The matter before the Court concerned three individuals, each of whom […]

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Widening the application for the electronic Bill of Costs

In a recent ACL roundtable meeting Master Gordon-Saker suggested that the natural progression for Court of Protection matters from mandatory electronic filing at the beginning of 2020 would be for Bills of Costs to be submitted in the electronic format. The current electronic Bill of Costs is currently only mandatory in Part 7 Multi-track cases […]

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