Solicitor appointed to role helping manage finances for vulnerable people

Nigel Ashton of Woodfines Solicitors, based at Sandy
Nigel Ashton of Woodfines Solicitors, based at Sandy

A solicitor based in Sandy has been appointed to a leading legal role to help vulnerable people.

Nigel Ashton, who is also a partner at Woodfines Solicitors, has been appointed by the Office of the Public Guardian as one of only 68 panel deputies in England and Wales.

Panel deputies are specialist individuals selected by the Court of Protection under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Their role is to oversee and manage the interests of individuals who have sadly lost their mental capacity, and have neither a power of attorney in place nor any family or friends suitable to manage their finances and welfare.

More than 900 people applied for the posts and after an extensive review process, Nigel was successful in his application.

Commenting on his appointment Mike Cox, head of Woodfines’ private client team, said: “This is an outstanding achievement.

“Nigel’s undoubted ability and enthusiasm has been duly recognised by this appointment and is an indication of the firm’s depth of expertise in this area of law.”

Nigel is based at Woodfines’ office in Sandy, and is a member of both the Law Society and the national organisation, Solicitors for the Elderly.

Woodfines also have offices in Cambridge, Bedford and Milton Keynes and offer a wide range of legal services.