We also advise individuals who wish to oppose Guardianship at any stage. We have over 35 years collective experience specialising in this area of law and pride ourselves in applying our high level of expertise to all clients who seek advice to help their loved ones.
In particular, we provide solicitor’s firms with AWI(8) independent financial suitability reports required for Financial Guardianship or Intervention Orders. Our service is competitive and we provide a prompt turnaround of such reports to our colleagues.
This role involves our appointment to adults subject to guardianship proceedings in ( currently in both Glasgow and Paisley Sheriff Courts) where we can act to safeguard adult’s interests in proceedings. We were recently involved in a case as Safeguarder which resulted in the adult being safely returned home after an unnecessarily lengthy stay in hospital following a dispute with the local authority. This case went on to be the subject of a recent Mental Welfare Commission report – Investigation into a delayed Discharge – Ms ST dated 12th September 2019.
Karen and Deirdre have been involved in a number of publicised landmark cases in mental health and incapacity over the course of their years in practice; you can read about a few of our reported cases by using the case references here:
Elizabeth Byrne v Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland 2007 MHLR 2 Court Ref B2606/05
AL v Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland & Ors (2007) ScotSC 44
Karen and Deirdre are experienced in working with people with a variety of diagnosis, often complex, and we will provide the right advice to you in seeking a way forward. We use the Office of the Public Guardian online registration process and we carry out all the work needed to draft and register your Power of Attorney as well as ensuring you fully understand the process going forward. Deirdre led the report on the “Mrs D” (link to report) in her capacity as HM Commissioner at the Mental Welfare Commission. This report was instrumental in the Law Society of Scotland reforming its guidance to solicitors who practiced in this area. ( link to the guidance)
She can assist your firm or solicitor in providing legal opinions under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Mental Health (Care and Treatment ) Scotland Act 2003
Both our partners have extensive training and education experience and have provided between them training to Mental Health Officers, for Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and training for the Mental Welfare Commission. Our training packages are bespoke and we can develop training to suit the needs of most organisation’s requirements