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Court of Protection Update Webinar

27th June, 3.30pm - 4.30pm Live & On Demand

Presented by Stephen Richards, Partner, Withers & William East, 5 Stone Buildings

Topics covered;

- The Law Commission’s report, Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty – proposed changes to

  best interests test, deprivation of liberty issues in property and affairs cases

- Whether the court should authorise the settlement of a personal injury award or for the funds to be

  held by a deputy: Watt v ABC [2016] EWCOP 2532

- AW v MM – costs in cases of unauthorised gifts by attorneys

- Statutory wills: the decision in Re J [2016] EWCOP 52

About our presenters.

Stephen's practice encompasses all aspects of contentious trust and succession and Court of Protection work, often involving cross-border issues. Stephen acts for a broad range of charities and not for profit organisations in relation to their legacy income.

He regularly advises on challenges to the validity of wills, issues of construction and rectification of wills and deeds, constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and professional negligence claims involving estate planning, trust and succession issues.

Stephen is an active member of the Elder Law team.  He has particular expertise in proceedings before the Court of Protection, where he frequently acts for both applicants and respondents in applications for statutory wills, lifetime gifts, contested registrations of powers of attorney, deputyships and health and welfare decisions.

William East

“He’s incredibly user-friendly. I have no hesitation putting him in front of clients knowing he will make us look good. He produces some really good results.”

“His drafting is super, he’s very good in conference and he’s very good on his feet in court.” Chambers UK – 2016 (Court of Protection)

“His advocacy and his written work are very good; his arguments are detailed and show an excellent understanding of the law in this area.”

“He provides clear, practical advice on very complex cases.” Chambers UK – 2015 (Court of Protection)


William commenced practice at 5 Stone Buildings in 2010, having successfully completed pupillage in chambers from October 2008 to October 2009. He has a general Chancery practice in all the areas of work undertaken in chambers, including:


Wills, probate and the administration of estates

Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975


Court of Protection (both property and affairs and personal welfare)

Capital taxes and estate planning

Real property

Chancery issues in family cases

Professional negligence matters related to the above areas


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