"Very hardworking, knowledgeable and empathetic."
THE LEGAL 500
Ruth Meyer leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded Court of Protection team. Ruth’s clear communication, helpful approach and hands-on, personal understanding of each of her vulnerable clients’ circumstances has earned her the respect of Court of Protection and High Court judges, fellow professionals and financial and medical experts, and the friendship and trust of her client families. She has 27 years of experience as an English solicitor and New York attorney.
Ruth specialises in setting up and running Court of Protection deputyships and trusts for children and adults who have suffered severe brain injury and disability from medical negligence or a personal injury which gives rise to a claim. Working closely with Boyes Turner’s clinical negligence, personal injury and education teams, Ruth manages, protects and maximises the benefit to her clients of their interim and final compensation awards. Her outstanding service extends from giving expert witness evidence, to advising on and setting up Court of Protection deputyship or trusteeship, project managing and auditing essential capital expenditure, coordinating care and providing liaison, negotiation, advocacy and intermediary services with the courts, government agencies, financial advisors and other professional bodies. She is often called upon to share her deputyship expertise by speaking at seminars and appearing in the media.
In her capacity as Court of Protection deputy or trustee Ruth provides a professional yet ‘bespoke’ approach to the individual needs of each client, assisting families with specialist adaptations to the family home, purchasing adapted vehicles and working closely with architects, therapists and case managers and employing carers. She instructs, monitors performance, negotiates fees and holds to account fund managers and wealth planners to maximise and protect her clients’ high value compensation awards. Client funds are enhanced by securing tax savings, optimising benefits and local authority grants. Ruth’s coordinated approach to the management her clients’ money ensures that vulnerable clients receive maximum lifetime benefit of their funds in a way that meets their changing needs. Ruth assists families in planning for the near and long-term future, by budgeting, anticipating and providing for change and submitting statutory wills where required.
Ruth combines her highly professional and astute management of her clients’ best interests with an approachable, down-to-earth and compassionate manner with her clients, many of whom regard her as a trusted family advisor and friend.
Ruth is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Probate Section, the Association of Women Solicitors and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). She has received the Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) Award accreditation, reflecting her specialist skills in advising and supporting older and vulnerable clients.