Yvonne Chapman

Senior Solicitor

Recognised in Chambers and Legal 500

'Yvonne Chapman is extremely bright and regularly raises issues that no other party has considered in order to promote the protected party’s best interests‘

‘Yvonne Chapman is an entirely committed practitioner. She possesses excellent knowledge of the law and procedure relating to the Court of Protection. She works tirelessly on each client’s behalf. She is quietly tenacious‘

I am a senior solicitor in the Court of Protection team based at Westgate House in Warwick.

I have specialised in mental capacity law since the Mental Capacity Act came into force. I have extensive knowledge and experience in the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection, working with vulnerable adults in relation to both health and welfare and financial matters. I have practised in this area for over 14 years. 

I have extensive experience across the broad range of work within the Court of Protection. I am experienced in cases concerning capacity to marry and forced marriage issues. I also have a particular interest in young people transitioning from children’s to adult services where they may lack capacity. I have a wealth of experience with cases where there is a cross over between welfare and financial issues, often with elements of financial abuse, leading to criminal proceedings. I am also regularly instructed in cases brought under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

I am passionate about protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in our society and my expertise in mental capacity law and deprivations of liberty enables me to provide specialist legal advice and representation to ensure their voices are heard.

Court of Protection cases include issues such as where a person should live, their contact with family and friends as well as issues of serious medical treatment. I am regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor as well as advocacy organisations and family members to represent the interests of individuals who may lack mental capacity to make their own decision on a specific issue. 

Having represented many individuals with mental disorders or degenerative conditions such as autism, brain injury, dementia, a stroke, motor neurone disease and learning difficulties, I understand the challenges many families and individuals face and can provide sensitive, specialist, expert legal advice to ensure individuals are provided with the legal support they need.

Understanding and getting to know my clients well is essential in order to ensure that they are able to participate as much as possible in the proceedings and this is at the core of providing tailored legal advice and representation.

Member of COPPA committee West Midlands

Notable cases

Re ND (Court of Protection: Costs and Declarations) [2020] EWCOP 42, Keehan J
Instructed by the Official Solicitor

WCC v AB and SB [2013] COPLR 157

I am the regional representative for the SBA – The Solicitors’ Charity and also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Prior to specialising in Court of Protection matters, I advised clients in relation to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyships, Trusts, care home funding matters as well as probate.  This extensive experience provides me with an all-encompassing understanding of issues facing the elderly and often most vulnerable in our society.

If you would like further information or to discuss your case, please call me for a free initial telephone consultation on 01926 354704.

 

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