Court of Protection specialist appointed to help accommodate growth


The Court of Protection service at Sintons has added a new specialist to its team to help keep pace with its growing caseload.

Melissa Gill has become a Court of Protection paralegal, working closely with other specialists to help Sintons grow its offering in this area of work and accommodate its fast-increasing level of instructions.

Melissa, who spent 13 years working at Womble Bond Dickinson prior to joining Sintons in 2017, has previously worked within the wills, trusts and probate team as a legal secretary, but will now specialise in handling solely court of protection matters.

Sintons’ Court of Protection service supports individuals and families in applications to the court in cases where mental capacity has been lost. It brings together specialists from Sintons’ nationally-regarded wills, trusts and probate and neurotrauma teams.

Melissa said: “Having dealt increasingly with Court of Protection matters in my previous role as secretary to the team, a move into dealing solely in this area of law was very attractive. With 15 years of specialist experience of working with private clients and gaining deep understanding of what is required, I believe I have a lot to bring to the role and to Sintons’ growing Court of Protection team.”

Paul Nickalls, head of wills, trusts and probate at Sintons – which recently won a best team accolade at the Northern Law Awards 2019 –  said: “As one of the leading specialist teams of our kind in the North of England, we are receiving increasing levels of instructions from across the UK, with our Court of Protection work growing strongly.

“We are pleased to add Melissa to our team in a dedicated role – she is a huge asset to our department with excellent attention to detail and client service, and we look forward to her role in Court of Protection continuing to develop.”


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