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Anna-Maria is an associate in the Court of Protection team, specialising in all aspects of financial Court of Protection work and personal injury trusts. She predominantly works with individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical negligence or personal injury, and been awarded substantial compensation to meet their future needs. Her focus is on supporting her clients through their litigation claim, and then managing their financial affairs under a deputyship order or within a personal injury trust, post litigation. Anna-Maria also advises lay deputies, attorneys and trustees in relation to Court of Protection applications, and has particular experience in statutory will, gift and property purchase applications.

Her previous experience centred around health and welfare Court of Protection work, as well as human rights and mental health law. Specifically, she has worked on claims against the Home Office for false imprisonment of immigration detainees; challenges under the Mental Health Act against various mental health hospitals in London and the South East; and challenges of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act against various local authorities around the country. This experience in challenging state bodies in relation to people’s welfare rights is regularly drawn upon when cross-jurisdictional issues arise in her practice.

Anna-Maria is also an affiliate member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the world’s leading professional body for advisers who specialise in private wealth management. She is currently working towards obtaining a STEP diploma in trusts and estates for England and Wales. She speaks a number of languages, including Greek, Albanian, German, Spanish and (basic) Portuguese.

Recent work highlights

  • Assisting with the management of a pre-settled injury case worth several millions of pounds.
  • Negotiating with a local authority in relation to provision of social care to a young adult lacking capacity, avoiding Court of Protection proceedings.
  • Advising family members in an urgent lay deputyship application, where an individual’s health was rapidly deteriorating.
  • Assisting in an application to revoke a lasting power of attorney and to appoint a new lay deputy, on the basis the attorney was not acting in the donor’s best interests.
  • Advising on the internal policy of a social housing provider, in relation to dealing with their vulnerable clients.
  • Assisting in a complex statutory will application, involving the biological and adopted family of a young adult who lacks capacity.

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