The Court of Protection workload shows no signs of letting up!
The recently published Family court statistics quarterly: October to December 2017 confirms that Orders made under the Mental Capacity Act have increased by up to 50% in the year 2017. The full report can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Our Court of Protection Team at Coffin Mew have certainly noticed an increase in their workload which lead to the recruitment of two solicitors and two paralegals into the team in the year 2017. Our team now consist of two partners, four solicitors, three paralegals and one trainee solicitor servicing all of our South Coast and Thames Valley offices.
Our Court of Protection Team deal with applications made to the Court under the Mental Capacity Act both in relation to property and affairs & health and welfare matters. The team is also instructed to register Enduring Power of Attorney (EPAs) with the Office of the Public Guardian.
In 2017, 38,945 Court Orders were made under the Mental Capacity Act, up nearly 50% from Orders made in 2016. The authors of the bulletin do attribute some of the increase to a “clearance of outstanding cases during the first quarter of 2017, and volumes have increased generally due to improved recording of orders made by regional courts.”
In the last quarter of 2017, 2,552 EPAs were registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. There is a gradual decrease in the number of EPA registrations year on year which is to be expected as EPAs can no longer be created.
If you require advice in relation to applications made to the Court of Protection or advice in registering an EPA, the Coffin Mew Court of Protection Team can be contacted on email by clicking here.
The bulletin also comments on the rise of registrations of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) which is up 28% from the previous year. Should you require advice in relation to LPAs for Property and Affairs & Health and Welfare, you can contact the Coffin Mew Wills Trusts and Probate Team on 023 9238 8021.