Spratt Endicott expands its team as it adds mental health accreditation and Court of Protection expertise

May 18th 2017

Spratt Endicott Solicitors has strengthened its service offering with the appointment of Emma Rolfe as a solicitor in its Private Capital team.

Emma’s extensive experience in mental health law, as well as expertise in matters of Court of Protection gives the firm extra capability thanks to her Mental Health Accreditation through the Law Society.

The role will see Emma assist with general private client work such as matters of probate, wills, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications, as well as advising on tax planning and trusts.

Emma Rolfe said of her appointment: “I’m delighted to be joining such an established and well regarded firm as Spratt Endicott and I’m looking forward to putting my skills and experience into practice. I’m hoping that my abilities will offer Spratt Endicott a broader range of capabilities, further enhancing its services in matters relating to mental health.”

Emma’s experience centres on mental health, which has seen her represent clients detained under the Mental Health Act and involved cases such as those seeking to be discharged/moved to a different hospital or wanting more leave, as well as offering counsel to clients on their rights under the Act along with their rights upon leaving hospital.

Emma is accredited under the Mental Health Accreditation Scheme which is administered through the Law Society. Only accredited members are authorised to represent clients under a legal aid contract who are detained under the Mental Health Act.

In the past, Emma has also helped with community care work, assisting clients with care home funding from the NHS/social services, as well as assessments under the Care Act.

For the Court of Protection, Emma has helped clients obtain Lasting Powers of Attorney, as well as assisting with applying to be a Deputy. She was also instructed in contentious Court of Protection Work, which looked at decisions such as where a person should live, and settling disputes between family members and the local authority as to a person’s best interests.

Tom McInerney, Associate at Spratt Endicott, said of Emma’s appointment: “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Emma into the team and we’re looking forward to learning from her expertise and adding to our own in turn. We pride ourselves on the standards we set at Spratt Endicott and we’re confident that Emma will help us achieve even higher standards in our work going forward.”

For more information about Spratt Endicott please contact Jane Ward on 01295 204157 or email enquiries@se-solicitors.co.uk