Court of Protection Seminar

Location: Nottinghamshire Law Society, 40 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DQ
Date: 12th Mar 2020
Start Time: 12:00 pm
Finish Time: 4:00 pm
Tutor: Nelsons Solicitors

Member Price: £0.00 Ex.VAT £0 inc. VAT

Join us for the first in a series of seminars organised by the Society's Private Client Committee for 2020.

On Thursday 12th March, we will be looking at various areas in relation to the Court of Protection.  The seminar begins with a networking lunch followed by presentations from representatives from Nelsons Solicitors and Brown Shipley.

The seminar is free to attend.

The agenda is as follows:

12:00pm – 12:45pm

Arrival, registration & networking lunch



Private Client Chair - Heather Parker, Actons Solicitors


Presentation 1  Craig Staten-Spencer: 

'Personal Welfare Deputyships'


Brown Shipley Presentation


Refreshments & networking


Presentation 2: Gemma Hopper:  

‘When should a gift be approved by the Court of Protection'


Presentation 3: Lewis Hastie:

'Disputes in the Court of Protection'


Chat & Break Out Sessions


Q & A


Closing Remarks & Farewell


The Presenters:

Craig Staten-Spencer - Associate & Trust Manager, Nelsons Solicitors

Craig joined Nelsons Court of Protection team in 2011.  Craig has several years’ experience in the financial and legal professions and specialises in all aspects of Court of Protection work, together with Trust management and administration.   He also advises on the administration of a number of charities, including almshouses.


Craig's areas of expertise are:

  • Personal injury trusts    
  • Trust creation & administration                
  • Court of Protection        
  • Charities

Lewis Hastie - Associate & Solicitor, Nelsons Solicitors

Lewis qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has been an Associate at Nelsons since December 2017.  Lewis specialises in inheritance disputes but also has a wide experience of commercial and civil litigation.

Lewis areas of expertise are:

Contentious probate litigation, including disputing wills – undue influence, lack of capacity, lack of knowledge & approval, forgery, fraud and mistakes.

  • Inheritance Act claims – for claimant & defendant
  • Trusts claims
  • Disputes between executors & beneficiaries and disagreements between executors
  • Beneficial interests and estoppel
  • Insolvent estates and asset recovery

Gemma Hopper - Solicitor, Nelsons Solicitors

Gemma Hopper joined Nelsons Court of Protection team in November 2019.  Gemma qualified as a solicitor in 2016 with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) an executive agency to the Ministry of Justice. As an in-house Government lawyer, Gemma represented the OPG within the Court of Protection in applications relating to Lasting Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney and deputyship appointments. The OPG makes applications in the Court to remove an attorney or deputy when they have acted outside the scope of their authority or not in the vulnerable adults best interests. The majority of the breaches resulted from or included gifting outside the scope of their authority.

Gemma’s area of expertise:

  • Court of protection
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Lasting & Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Statutory Wills
  • Attorney and deputy authorities
  • Gifting applications made into the Court of Protection
  • OPG Authority, including supervision and investigations.
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