South: Coffin Mew solicitor accredited for mental capacity work

South East law firm Coffin Mew has announced that The Law Society has accredited one of its lawyers with a qualification that recognises a high standard of care for vulnerable clients. Spencer Gardner is the only solicitor in Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire with this Law Society mental capacity accreditation.

The Law Society accreditation was developed to ensure that vulnerable people, and those supporting them, coming to the Court of Protection are represented by experts with a depth of understanding of the complexities involved in representing clients who lack mental capacity.

Spencer Gardner, associate solicitor at Coffin Mew, said: “I am delighted to have achieved this accreditation. I’m very conscious of the sensitive nature of our work and that we often encounter people at a very difficult time of their lives. It is important to me that people receive a personalised service that best meets their particular needs. The additional training I’ve received as part of this accreditation process has developed my skills and knowledge further, enabling me to deliver the best possible service to my clients.”

Gardner is an associate solicitor in Coffin Mew’s Vulnerable People and Court of Protection team. The team is part of the Care & Protection sector group and looks after the welfare and safeguarding of the financial affairs of those suffering from mental incapacity due to learning difficulties, old age and mental illness or as a result of an accident or medical negligence. He also assists clients with applications in the Court of Protection and provides advice and guidance on planning for the future and managing care fees and funding.

Annabelle Vaughan, head of Court of Protection and wills trusts and probate at Coffin Mew, said: “I am incredibly proud of Spencer for achieving this accreditation. It is a huge testament to his dedication and commitment to offering the best experience for our clients, helping to navigate the often complex issues arising with mental capacity. This also demonstrates the quality and level of our expertise, leaving clients and their families safe in the knowledge that we are able to protect their best interests.”

The firm was recently shortlisted by the Law Society as ‘medium law firm of the year’ in their Excellence Awards for the second year running. The Law Society Excellence Awards celebrate the best and brightest of the legal profession and the winners will be announced at a celebration on 23 October 2019.