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Specialised team largely focused on acting for adults and children with acquired brain injuries as the result of personal injury and clinical negligence. Well equipped to handle the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious financial affairs and property work, including deputyships, statutory will applications and providing expert witness advice at trial. Also handles care funding and capacity issues. Adept at managing cases with cross-jurisdictional elements.

Strengths: A client says: 'They are very professional and personable and put clients' best interests at the heart of what they do.'

Another source says: 'They have brilliant expertise, are fantastic with clients and provide a great service.'

Notable practitioners
Julie Burton has significant expertise handling a variety of complex property and affairs matters, frequently acting as professional deputy for individuals with acquired brain injury, as well as vulnerable adults and children. She advises on gift applications and funding matters, with experience handling cases involving cross-border elements. 'She is a very experienced deputy who clearly cares deeply about her clients and their best interests.' 'She is really exemplary; thorough, kind and very professional.'

Chambers UK - 2021 edition


A strong COP team that is highly regarded in COP circles and does high-profile work. Led by Julie Burton with a wealth of experience.

Julie Burton is calm and extremely knowledgeable and is able to make quick, common-sense decisions based on her years of experience and background in private client law. Daniel Toop is also very knowledgeable.

Daniel Toop is excellent at balancing the client’s needs with what the finances will allow to be achieved. A lot of fellow practitioners would do well to follow his lead.

The team is very responsive, proactive and engaged. The lawyers are very approachable and I deal with Julie and her team almost exclusively because they are so brilliant. Julie is so knowledgeable and has huge experience. 

The Legal 500 - 2021 edition


Julie Burton heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP that frequently acts as a professional deputy or trustee for individuals who have received an award as a result of personal injury or clinical negligence claims. The group acts for both children and adults across the UK and abroad who have acquired brain injuries and other injuries. It also has a number of elderly clients.

Senior associate Daniel Toop is another name to note.

The Legal 500 - 2020 edition


Penningtons Manches LLP ‘consistently delivers an outstanding level of client service; the team has an excellent grasp of the needs of the most vulnerable and catastrophically brain injured clients’. The ‘knowledgeable, practical and approachable’ Julie Burton leads the team, which includes senior associate Daniel Toop, who is ‘very hardworking and extremely pragmatic’. The group acts as a professional deputy or trustee for individuals who have received an award as a result of a personal injury or clinical negligence claim. It acts for both children and adults with acquired brain injuries and other injuries across the UK and has some clients who live abroad. The team also acts for a number of elderly clients on estate management issues.

The Legal 500 - 2019 edition


Strengths: One client says: ‘My experience with them has been exceptional. The team not only have a lot of experience, they also have broad expertise and capabilities, including complementary non-legal services that are extremely useful. I have been able to get support, help and advice on numerous issues.’ 

Another source says: ‘They are fabulous – a delight to deal with and very efficient.’ 

Notable practitioners
Head of the Court of Protection team Julie Burton also has a strong private client practice and is adept at managing complicated financial affairs. She regularly acts as both a professional deputy and trustee on behalf of individuals in receipt of substantial compensation awards, and also assists vulnerable clients with wills and estate planning. Sources note her ‘great patience’ with clients, adding: ‘She has a very calm demeanour, which is perfect for the sensitive circumstance she is dealing with.’

Chambers UK - 2018 edition


Our clients


Julie has been amazing. She obviously has huge empathy for our case, and it shows every time we see her. Her team is also wonderful, especially Gill Young who was amazing when I was in hospital for a few weeks and helped us through a worrying time by being just on the other end of the phone. We bless the day that Julie took us on. An enormous thank you.

Mrs G


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