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Alison Lamont

Partner

Primary Services

Court of Protection

Specialism

Alison has specialised in Court of Protection, financial Deputyship and Mental Capacity matters since the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came into force and works alongside the Wills and Mental Capacity, Probate and Disputes team, Alison’s areas of expertise include:

  • Court of Protection applications for property and affairs – for example where a relative or friend wishes to be appointed as Deputy for Property and Affairs for someone who lacks capacity. This also includes advising on professional deputyship (where there is nobody able, willing or suitable to be the Deputy or there are significant assets to be managed); other “one off” or technical applications (where Court authority is needed e.g. where property is jointly held and one owner lacks capacity); PI trusts and Statutory Wills and general day to day management of finances.
  • Statutory Wills/Codicils/Gifts – for example when someone lacks capacity to make a Will or Codicil it may be in their best interests for the Court of Protection to authorise a Will or Codicil in agreed terms. This is quite a complicated process involving liaising with the Official Solicitor as well as the Court.
  • Statutory Wills/Codicils/Gifts – advising attorneys/deputies on their powers and duties and applying for advanced or retrospective ratification of gifts by the Court of Protection where appropriate (there are specific rules on how much an attorney or deputy is able to give away each year from the funds of the person who lacks capacity– anything above these limits requires Court approval).
  • Contentious Court of Protection matters – for example where parties are in dispute about who should be the Deputy; where joint attorneys cannot or will not work together; and advising on what steps can be taken concerning safeguarding, where financial abuse is suspected.

Further areas of expertise include financial management under deputyship or attorneyship; deputy reports (accounts to the Office of the Public Guardian); liaising with care homes, care providers, family members, social workers, financial advisers and the Court; and matters involving care funding advice (e.g. where NHS continuing care, S117 after care funding may be appropriate).

Alison says: “Clients say I have a caring, down to earth and sensitive approach, which is vital as my clients tend to be very vulnerable.”

Legal 500 2019 Wards Solicitors is recommended for Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate for providing ‘service levels of a very high standard’ and Alison Lamont is held in regard for her ‘very personable, professional and knowledgeable manner’

Qualifications and Experience

  • Law degree 2000
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in 2009
  • Full member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) since 2009
  • Member South West branch of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA) since 2013. Committee Member since 2018.
  • Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) Older Client Care in Practice Award 2015
  • Has specialised in Mental Capacity law and Court of Protection applications since 2009

Supervised by Jenny Pierce

Satisfied Clients

'I would highly recommend Wards Solicitors for their help at a difficult time for me. Alison Lamont was amazing and explained everything admirably. Will always recommend Wards Solicitors and will use you for conveyancing & re-doing my Will. Thank you.'

‘I would recommend Alison Lamont as she was very helpful and explained very clearly if I had questions/queries’

'Alison dealt with matters in a professional but friendly & helpful manner - thank you.'

'I would just like to thank Alison for all her help and support and for being probably the only person who actually listened to me when I felt my situation was desperate.'

'An all round excellent service from reception, admin (Natalie) and Mrs Lamont, efficient and supportive throughout the process. Thank you.'

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UPDATE August 2020

Wards Solicitors is open and our teams continue to work on existing cases and take on new business and clients.

From early August, we are pleased to announce that we will slowly be starting to re-open some of our branches to clients, but all appointments must be pre-booked.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited, and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

We cannot accept drop-in appointments.

How to get in touch:

  • Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team, or
  • Please telephone the branch most convenient to you between 9am and 5:30pm, or email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A list of our 11 branches is available here.

Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP