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Rachel Taylor

Managing associate



Rachel is a managing associate in the Court of Protection team in Basingstoke. She has experience in assisting professional and lay deputies and trustees on varied and complex high value cases and a particular interest in acquired brain injury cases, supporting clients in receipt of compensation as a result of personal injury or clinical negligence. She works closely with litigation teams to ensure that compensation awards are appropriately protected and managed from the outset.

Rachel advises on applications to the Court of Protection including for the appointment of deputies, approval of statutory wills and applications relating to trusts. She also assists on the setting up and ongoing administration of personal injury trusts.

After qualifying with Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2010, Rachel worked with the Court of Protection team until 2013 and then re-joined the firm in 2018. In the interim, she gained valuable experience in general private client work with a focus on lay applications to the Court of Protection and advising on wills and estate planning for vulnerable beneficiaries. She is a full member of STEP, the world’s leading organisation for private wealth professionals, and listed as a recommended lawyer by The Legal 500, which describes her as 'fantastic - very proactive, practical and approachable'.

Recent work highlights

  • Supporting a vulnerable client who was re-assessed as having capacity to manage his property and finances through the process of discharging the professional deputy and setting up a disabled persons (section 89) personal injury trust to protect his substantial compensation award.
  • Assisting adults with acquired brain injuries and their families by putting in place arrangements to encourage and enable them to manage their money independently.
  • Liaising with an external case manager and other professionals to review and make changes to the employment arrangements for a complex deputyship care package.
  • Acting for a deputy applicant in obtaining approval for a gift, to reflect P’s wishes, in the form of rent free occupation of a property owned by P.
  • Supporting litigating solicitors in applications for approval of trusts for minors to enable funds to be held out of court.

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