Patricia Wass

Consultant solicitor
I qualified as a Solicitor in 1984 and have worked in private practice for the entirety of my career. I am a Consultant Solicitor with Foot Anstey LLP. I have close to 30 years' experience of Private Client law but specialise particularly in Court of Protection work and issues relating to the elderly. I am a Panel Deputy for the Office of the Public Guardian. I also provide Expert Witness Statements for the Court on Deputyship matters. I am also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). I was the Chair of the West of England Branch Committee of STEP between 2006 and 2009. I am the current Chair of the STEP England and Wales Regional Committee, and I am also a member of STEP Council. I was nominated for the STEP Elderly Client Lawyer of the Year Award in 2009. I am the immediate Past Chair of the Law Society Private Client Section Executive Committee having served on that Committee for 9 years, and a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly. I am recognised as a "Leader in the field" by Chambers UK Legal Directory.

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Property and finance decision making in the Court of Protection
Practice Note

This Practice Note explains how decisions should be made and what factors should be considered once a deputy has been appointed to manage the property and financial affairs of a person without capacity to make the relevant decisions for themselves. It sets out the principles for the decision maker to consider (including what is in P's best interests and P's wishes, feelings and beliefs) as well as practical steps and record-keeping. Guidance is also provided on how to help a vulnerable person to make their own decisions.

Other work

Practice areas


  • BSC (Hons) Linguistics and International Studies
  • T.E.P (Trust and Estate Practitioner)


  • Law Society Private Client Section
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Solicitors for the Elderly


  • Contributing Author
  • Q&A Panel


  • Plymouth High School for Girls
  • University of Surrey, Guildford
  • College of Law, Guildford

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