At Blythe Liggins, we understand that caring for someone who lacks capacity and deciding what decisions should be made on their behalf and in their best interests can be very difficult. That is why our team of experts is on hand to walk you through the complex process of applying to the Court of Protection.

When an individual is unable to make decisions for themselves, it becomes necessary for those involved in their care or someone else on their behalf to take action. That is where the Court of Protection comes in, dealing with making legal decisions about the finances, personal health or welfare for individuals who lack capacity to do so for themselves.

We are also here to help you understand your ongoing role as a Court appointed deputy or to advise you if you have concerns about how a deputy is acting.

Your Blythe Liggins specialist will advise you on:
  • Issues relating to mental capacity
  • How to apply to the Court of Protection on behalf of an individual
  • Appointing Attorneys
  • Deputyship orders
  • Concerns about the conduct of an attorney or deputy
  • Objections to the appointment of an attorney or deputy
  • The validity of Powers of Attorney forms
  • Applications to the Court to make (or object to) a Will on behalf of an incapacitated person.

Get in touch with Blythe Liggins to find out how we can support your Court of Protection needs.

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Meet the Private Client Team


Donna Bothamley

Donna Bothamley

Donna joined Blythe Liggins in 2000 and has been a partner since 2008. Donna is the head of the Wills and Probate team. Donna has an in-depth level of experience in matters relating to Wills, probate, care funding and court of protection work. She offers practical, sensible advice to her clients when drafting their Wills and prides herself in providing an efficient, cost effective service. Donna has prepared Wills for all manner of clients and brings the same, personal touch to all of them. She advises families who need help and assistance with elderly vulnerable relatives.  Working with Donna, you will be provided with empathetic advice and clear guidance to ensure you achieve your objectives.

Donna has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2005 and is also a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Donna is a trained Dementia Friend and has undertaken Bereavement training.

Donna can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Drafting Wills and Codicils
  • Advising on inheritance tax planning and safeguarding of assets
  • Administering estates
  • Preparing Deeds of Variation
  • Preparing Powers of Attorney and Deputyship applications
  • Advising on the creation and administration of lifetime trusts and those arising on death
  • Elderly client advice including contested Statutory Will applications and contested Deputyship and Power of Attorney matters in the Court of Protection
  • Assisting clients where family members have lost capacity
  • Care funding issues

Donna is married with a young family and lives locally. She is an active member of the community sitting on committees in her local area and helps at local fundraising events. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, skiing and horse riding.

Get in touch to find out how Donna can help you.

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Richard Thornton

Richard Thornton

Richard became a Partner at Blythe Liggins in 1984 and since 2008 he has been joint Senior Partner. Richard specialises in dispute resolution and has experience in running cases from the County Court to the Court of Appeal. Richard brings a calm, outcome-focused approach to disputes drawing on a wealth of contacts when necessary.

Richard is an accredited mediator and welcomes instructions to mediate both from lawyers and directly from businesses and individuals. Richard is a passionate believer in the benefits of mediation and is always willing to go the extra length to achieve a settlement.

Richard can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Contentious probate claims
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act claims
  • Professional negligence claims (including claims against solicitors, financial advisers, insolvency practitioners and surveyors)
  • Contract disputes
  • Breach of restrictive covenants
  • Estate Agency issues (Richard acts for National Federation of Property Professionals)
  • Equine disputes

Richard is an active member of Moreton Morrell Real Tennis Court Club and has served on committees at Leamington Cricket Club and Warwick Boat Club. He is Chairman of two local charities.

Get in touch with Richard to find out if he can help you with your dispute resolution or mediation queries.

Call 01926884741 Email rht@blytheliggins.co.uk Download vCard

Darryl Barnes

Darryl Barnes

Darryl joined Blythe Liggins more than 30 years ago and is a key member of the Dispute Resolution team. Darryl has wide experience acting in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the procedural rules of litigation. Like the rest of the team, Darryl has considerable experience representing both Claimants and Defendants at mediation.

Darryl will provide you with steady, sound and practical legal advice that will enable you to resolve your dispute on the best possible terms.

Darryl can help you with a wide range of issues including:

  • Contract disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Breach of duty claims against local authorities and government departments
  • Sale of goods claims
  • Mediation
  • Debt recovery and claims for unpaid fees
  • Boundary and party wall disputes
  • Landlord and tenant claims
  • Contentious insolvency matters
  • Estate agency issues
  • Breach of warranty claims

Darryl is a keen motor racing fan and has been known to participate (frequently poorly) in the office long alley skittles team. He can also be found out and about canal and country walking throughout the Midlands and beyond.

Get in touch to find out how Darryl can help you.

Call 01926884747 Email db@blytheliggins.co.uk Download vCard

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