Court of Protection and deputyships

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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: One source describes the team as ‘well organised, experienced and efficient, and proactive in responding’.

Another states: ‘The team is very good at cases with cross-jurisdictional considerations, and is able to understand the nuances and break them down to both the court and the families.’

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.

Chambers UK – 2022 edition


‘The team is strongly led by Julie Burton who has a wealth of experience. She is assisted by Danny Toop who is also highly regarded. They are panel deputies and also deal with large catastrophic claims. Therefore they can deal with everything from the smaller issues to the much larger ones but everything is dealt with professionally. Julie Burton is a stand out partner. She is very experienced and deals with matters with kindness and compassion.’

‘It is an extremely approachable team. Nothing is too much trouble. The team seems to be well organised and proactive. The lawyers really are a pleasure to work with. Julie Burton – not only is she incredibly nice and down to earth, she also knows the law, the procedure and the practice inside out.’

‘Daniel Toop is a rising star. Extremely professional and kind, but expert in his field. Rachel Taylor – Rachel is fantastic. She has great experience and she is very proactive.’

‘Julie Burton leads a formidable team with fellow partner Daniel Toop ably backed up by senior associates Rachel Taylor and Grace Serwanga. You will be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced team of practitioners in this specialist area.’

The Legal 500 - 2022 edition


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: '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


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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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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