Annabelle Vaughan

Partner - Head of Court of Protection & Wills, Trusts & Probate

What's your role?

I am a Court of Protection and Personal Injury Trust specialist. I work with people who lack capacity, their families and professional teams to ensure that their finances and welfare are protected.

I generally work within the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection which is the only body that can make decisions on behalf of people who lack capacity. As well as managing several matters where Coffin Mew partners are the Deputy I can also make applications on behalf of lay applicants who may need to help a friend or relative who lacks capacity.

A great deal of my role involves managing and coordinating specific projects for my clients. This may be the build and adaptation of specialist housing, the recruitment of a case manager to coordinate care and therapies or planning events a holiday.

It is really important to me that my clients feel that they have a team around them including their contacts at Coffin Mew, other professionals, their families and carers. I find that this approach helps my clients achieve more independence in a supported environment.

I also advise clients with capacity of the steps they should take following the receipt of an award in compensation for a personal injury claim to protect their eligibility for means tested benefits. This can help them move on following an injury whilst knowing their finances are secure.

I am flexible and pragmatic. No two of my clients are the same and I adapt my skills and knowledge to fit with my client’s needs.

I have a particular interest in Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury and Dementia. Having a mild form of Cerebral Palsy gives me a particular insight into some of the challenges my clients face. I am passionate about the rights of people with disabilities to live life to the full. I work closely with the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team to make sure that clients who need both teams’ specialist advice feel supported throughout.

I am also able to provide training in my specialisms to other lawyers, clinical professionals and the general public.

Your experience

I trained at a firm in Winchester where I gained experience in managing the affairs of clients with high value personal injury claims and elderly clients. I qualified in 2008 in to a Private Client Team and continued to have a strong interest in managing the affairs of those not able to make decisions for themselves due to illness or injury.

Since arriving at Coffin Mew in 2011 I have focussed my practice on Court of Protection and Personal Injury Trust work and in April 2014 Sue Bowler and I moved this work into a standalone team as part of our larger Services to the Vulnerable and Disabled Team.

My work often involves managing a client’s access to statutory services and as such I have a great deal of experience with local authority funding, welfare benefits and NHS Continuing care.

I have a great deal of experience in making complex applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of Property and Affairs and Health and Welfare Deputies, Statutory Wills and specific issue orders.

 

Specialisms

  • Court of Protection
  • Personal Injury Trusts
  • Management of Affairs
  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Dementia

Five words which best describe you?

  1. Approachable
  2. Compassionate
  3. Pragmatic
  4. Excitable
  5. Conscientious

Three things we didn't know about you?

  • I am a bit of an Archers addict and can normally give a comprehensive update of events in Ambridge.
  • I enjoy sewing and am studying dressmaking.
  • I enjoy watching sport particularly Wales playing rugby and England playing cricket!

Memberships & Associations

  • STEP
  • Dementia Friends Champion
  • Court of Protection Practitioners Association
  • Mental Health Lawyers Association
  • Trustee of Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre
  • Ambassador for the Rainbow Centre

Testimonials/Client Quotes

That I could pick up the phone and speak to someone who was ‘hands on’, personal and sympathetic made a big difference.

Client Testimonial

 

Fantastic speaker, really clear & detailed.

Course Delegate