Annabelle Vaughan shortlisted at Partners in Costs Magazine Awards
In Annabelle Vaughan’s role as head of the Court of Protection and Wills, Trusts & Probate teams, she acts as a professional Deputy, Trustee and Attorney for many clients of all ages and backgrounds; working diligently to help safeguard their financial security and wellbeing, whilst also supporting and promoting their independence.
We are therefore delighted that Annabelle has been announced as a finalist for the ‘Court of Protection Deputy’ award at the Partners in Costs Magazine Awards 2019. The prestigious awards celebrate the best in professional talent, drawing recognition to those who are leading the way in their profession. Annabelle’s commitment to those we assist, and to the wider sector concerned with protecting the interests of some of the most vulnerable in our society, formed the basis for her nomination.
The illustrious panel of judges included Richard Roberts QC, Professor Dominic Regan and Denzil Lush (former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection). The judges were particularly impressed with Annabelle’s commitment to ensuring that those we are assisting, who we often encounter at a very difficult time in their lives, receive a personalised service that best meets their particular needs; making what can be a difficult process as straightforward as possible. The judges also noted her approach to promoting self-autonomy and supported decision-making (with decisions being made with those for who she is appointed, rather than being imposed upon them) so far as possible, and at times where the person’s wishes and feelings cannot be followed, explaining to them in an empathetic manner the reasons why.
The rising prevalence of financial fraud and scams are a significant threat to the vulnerable, causing untold distress for individuals and those caring for them. Annabelle takes the lead on a number of initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the risks posed and the practical action that can be taken to help protect the more vulnerable in society.
The team works closely with the Protecting the Vulnerable team at CIFAS, the UK’s largest fraud prevention sharing organisation, with CIFAS providing a free service to public authorities and Deputies, and working with the major financial institutions to raise alerts when applications for financial products are made on behalf of vulnerable people listed with the service. Last year, Annabelle arranged for CIFAS to host a seminar in one of the offices, which was well attended by the police and local authority staff tasked with fraud prevention.
Annabelle is a Friends Against Scams SCAM champion, an organisation that is leading the fight against financial scams. As loneliness and vulnerability, as well as age and mental capacity, are key factors that determine how likely a person is to fall victim to a scam, Annabelle places importance on ensuring that clients know where they can go for help. She helps in fostering relationships so that those she assists will feel more comfortable coming forward, as an appropriate level of trust and a good dialogue has been established.
Annabelle is the lead corporate social responsibility Partner at the firm, supporting the firm in its commitment to giving its time, energy, ideas and skills to help those in our community
Outside of work, Annabelle is a Trustee at Dreams Come True, a national children’s charity, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and young people living with serious medical conditions. Annabelle uses her own experience to promote awareness of the issues facing children and young people with life-limiting conditions.
The final of the awards will take place at a black tie ceremony on Friday 26th June, at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds where the winners will be formally announced. We wish Annabelle good luck!