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Rachel Pollard

Trainee Legal Executive

Biography

Rachel is a Trainee Legal Executive in the Court of Protection team.

Rachel assists in representing individuals who lack capacity as well as family members in health and welfare proceedings before the Court of Protection. In particular, she assists and provides advice in relation to deprivation of liberty issues and wider community care issues.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Rachel was a paralegal within the Court of Protection team at Enable Law/Foot Anstey. Whilst assisting with deprivation of liberty and other community care cases within the health and welfare team, she has also provided support to the property and financial affairs team in making deputyship applications, managing client’s funds, investigating financial abuse leading to the recovery of client funds and advising on/creating Compensation Protection Trusts.

Rachel is part-CILEx qualified and aims to have completed the academic stage of her training by June 2020.

Relevant experience

  • Private client: Assisting in acting for an incapacitated elderly couple, on the instruction of their independent mental capacity advocate, in the Court of Protection concerning their deprivation of liberty in a care home.
  • Private client: Assisting in acting for an incapacitated individual, on the instruction of the Official Solicitor in Court of Protection proceedings concerning the level of professional care the individual required.
  • Private client: Assisting in acting for an individual who suffered a severe brain injury caused by excessive alcohol consumption who was deprived of his liberty in a care home and had strong objections to residing there. The client lacked capacity to conduct the proceedings and make decisions in relation to their residence and care and the proceedings related to whether it was in the client’s best interests to remain in the care home with or move to alternative accommodation with or without a package of support.
  • Private client: Assisting an incapacitated client in the first instance by making an application to appoint a Trust Corporation as her deputy for property and financial affairs and secondly, in the recovery of approximately £35,000 from a leading national bank after her son had misappropriated her funds in his former role as financial attorney.
  • Private client: Assisting an incapacitated client in the recovery of funds by way of a deputyship bond application following the misappropriation of her funds by her daughter and former property and financial affairs deputy. Close liaison with the Office of the Public Guardian and the police was necessary to investigate the extent of the misappropriation and recovery of approximately £200,000 was secured on behalf of ‘P’.