Law firm poaches trio of Slater & Gordon partners

Lucy Nicol

Three partners are joining Irwin Mitchell’s court of protection team in Manchester from Slater & Gordon.

Lucy Nicol joined the firm on November 13, while Damian Hodkinson and Gillian Hitchen will join Irwin Mitchell early in 2018.

Niall Baker, managing partner of the court of protection and public law departments at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Our Court of Protection team across the country is the strongest and covers the widest regional area of any law firm. Our new recruits add to that strength in depth and will allow us to help even more people, particularly in the North West.

“We are ranked number one again this year by the independent legal guides and it is testament to the hard work of our Court of Protection team that we continue to be recognised as the market leader. We are delighted that Lucy, Damian and Gillian have decided to join us enhancing our expertise.

“Court of Protection work is very specialist and requires a sensitive touch as you are assisting vulnerable people day in day out.  The work that our team carries out helps those without mental capacity to organise their day to day lives and works with case managers, asset managers, rehabilitation specialists and care workers to ensure they are able to live as independently as possible.”

Nicol is an expert in court of protection and mental capacity law. She has many years experience acting as a professional deputy, managing large awards of damages.

Hitchen has more than a decade of experience as a court of protection lawyer and acts as a professional deputy, helping to manage the property and affairs of those lacking mental capacity including those with learning difficulties, and elderly people with age-related mental illness including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Hodkinson has extensive experience having worked as a specialist in court of protection since 2005 and acts for brain injured clients who require support with their property and affairs. He is also a member of the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association.