Sophie O’Connell

Partner, Solicitor, Head of Court of Protection

  01752 292355

Sophie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Leeds in 1996. She worked in a variety of roles in the charity and public sectors in the UK and abroad over the following ten years. This involved operational and policy work and often working with vulnerable clients and multiple agencies. Sophie undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law in 2009/10 and Legal Practice Course in 2010/11 at the University of Plymouth. She gained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course and won the Sweet and Maxwell Vocational Law Prize. In 2016 she obtained a distinction in the Society for Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients.

Sophie joined Wolferstans in 2012 and has worked mainly in the field of mental capacity law, on Court of Protection matters, since joining the firm. She qualified as a solicitor in 2016. Sophie manages the financial affairs of clients who lack the capacity to do so for themselves for various reasons, and of clients who have appointed the partners at Wolferstans as their attorneys. Sophie is experienced in making applications to the Court of Protection for both Property and Affairs, Personal Welfare Deputies and Statutory Wills. She provides advice on health and social care funding as well as Court of Protection matters and is an affiliated member of STEP.

Sophie works with clients who have an acquired brain injury, families with children who have an acquired brain injury, elderly clients and clients with mental health problems. She often works with complex cases and this involves clients’ wider network of support such as case managers, therapists, social workers, family members and financial advisers.

Sophie leads the Court of Protection Team at Wolferstans, a growing team which specialises in Court of Protection matters. The team operates within the framework of the Deputy Standards, working with clients and their wider support network to assist them to manage their affairs and respond to their individual needs.

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