Charlotte Bell

Solicitor

I am a Solicitor in the Health and Community Care Team based at Westgate House and specialise in Court of Protection work, focusing on property and financial matters for those who lack mental capacity to manage their own affairs.  I am privileged to assist the team in a wide range of cases, including:

  • Deputyship applications to the Court of Protection on behalf of lay (e.g. family members) and professional Deputies.
  • Providing ongoing support to Attorneys (appointed under Enduring or Lasting Powers of Attorney) and Deputies on how to ensure that they comply with the legal duties they have towards the individual they act on behalf of.
  • Meeting and supporting clients who we represent under our Professional Deputy Service to ensure that their wishes and views are always sought and embedded in our service and that any decisions our Professional Deputies make on their behalf is in their best interests
  • Researching, coordinating and reviewing external services that we arrange for clients who we support under our Professional Deputy Service.
  • Gifting applications to the Court of Protection.
  • Trustee applications to the Court of Protection.

I enjoy using my knowledge to assist and support vulnerable adults with the issues affecting their lives – from where someone should live, their community care needs and managing their finances to arranging pet therapy or a shopping trip. I feel privileged to be invited into the lives of clients, to build a relationship with them and be placed in a position of trust to act on their behalf and assist in supporting their best interests.

My passion for this area of work stems in part from volunteering at my local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, where I have been involved in running and facilitating campaigns for change within my community.  This also influenced my volunteer work during my recent studies where I became an active participant and secretary of the Aspiring Solicitors Committee which is dedicated to providing greater opportunities and assistance for those from underrepresented groups to gain (and keep) a career in law.

Having completed my first degree in Criminology at Durham University and achieving a first class honours, I completed my Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in 2017, achieving a commendation. I have recently been awarded the Birmingham Law Society Herbert Willison Prize for my achievements in the GDL.  I have completed the Legal Practice Course at The University of Law and have now qualified as a Solicitor.

During the coronavirus outbreak, I will be working remotely and can be contacted on:  07852 225932

News and media

  • News
    • Posted on December 14, 2020
      The Government has announced (1st December 2020) that parents/guardians of children who lack mental capacity to manage their finances can ask to have the court fees waived when seeking access to a Child Trust Fund.
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    • Posted on November 16, 2020
      We are currently receiving a number of enquiries from families who are confused as to why they are suddenly being asked to pay for care. Typically these cases involve many elderly or vulnerable people who, instead of returning home were discharged from hospital during the first lock down into various types of accommodation. There were also many people who were urgently moved from home into a care home placement due to a rapid deterioration in their condition and concern that the package of support at home ( and all the risks that went with that ) was insufficient to meet their needs.
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    • Posted on November 6, 2020
      As we have now officially entered into another national lockdown, we have already started to receive call from worried relatives concerned as to if and how they can see their relative in a care home over the upcoming month. We are pleased to say that the government has recognised the importance of visits to residents of a care home.
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