Gillian De Freitas, Associate
Gillian joined Field fisher Waterhouse as an Associate and Court of Protection Practitioner in the Private Client Department, specialising in Court of Protection work. She heads up the Court of Protection Team and acts as professional deputy for many clients.
Gillian has considerable experience in Court of Protection practice and matters relating to mental capacity. She mainly acts as a professional deputy for many clients who lack the capacity to mange their property and affairs, many of whom have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of medical negligence or personal injury and are in receipt of substantial awards of compensation to provide for their future needs. Gillian also specialises in matters involving incapacitated children with learning disabilities and adults with debilitating diseases such as dementia.
She also supports the litigation process in both medical negligence and personal injury claims, ensuring that any compensation awarded following the major task of litigation is protected and efficiently managed for the disabled beneficiary.
Gillian creates and sets up complex trusts with Court approval and, along with her team, manage both trusts and deputyships where she is the nominated professional.
She was appointed a panel deputy by the Office of the Public Guardian in March 2011 and acts as a Deputy in her own right. Gillian is also a member of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Courts, having practiced as a barrister since 2005.
She also has substantial experience of working with and supporting Local Authorities with mental health and mental capacity issues. She sits on the Mental Capacity Act Board for the London Borough of Croydon and has an excellent working knowledge of Local Authority structure and how to deal with decisions which may affect vulnerable adults under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Local Authorities involvement in these matters.