Jody Atkinson

Year of Call: 2005

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Jody focuses his practice on matrimonial finance issues, and is skilled at taking on inheritance and probate cases. ‘Very switched-on – an excellent barrister who is very good in court and excellent with the client.’ ‘Gives clients honest and direct advice. Steers clients firmly away from bad decision-making at a time when their judgment is often clouded. A great advocate.’”

Chambers UK,  2018
Family/Matrimonial

Combining both family and trusts/probate expertise, Jody is able to undertake the full range of Court of Protection work. Unlike many barristers he undertakes both ‘property and affairs’ and ‘welfare’ work.

Recently he has represented family members in disputes concerning:

  • The validity of lasting and enduring powers of attorney
  • Where the donee of a power of attorney was accused of stealing money from the incapacitated person
  • Where the mentally incapacitated person had been taken abroad and there was a dispute about whether they should return to the UK
  • Who a mentally incapacitated person should live with

Jody has also been instructed by both local authorities and care providers, as well as family members and the Official Solicitor in disputes concerning:

  • Allegations of abuse by carers
  • The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards regime
  • Whether a mentally incapacitated person should live at home or in care
  • Contact with a mentally incapacitated person in care

Professional memberships:

  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP, Full Member)
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Qualifications & awards:

  • 2011 STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates
  • 2005 BVC & CPE, Inns of Court School of Law
  • 2002 MA in Modern History, Distinction, University of York
  • 2001 BA (Hons.) in History, First Class, Bristol University.
    2004 Inner Temple Major Scholar (BVC)
  • 2003 Inner Temple Major Scholar (CPE)
  • 2001 George Hare Leonard Prize from Bristol University for best degree in year