The little things that mean a lot: In the Matter of GM (case number 11843118)

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The recent decision of senior judge Lush in the case of Re GM provides a window into the workings of a dysfunctional lay deputyship, while helpfully clarifying the threshold of ‘acceptable’ giving from P’s assets. The continual reference throughout the court proceedings to what some may consider a minor or peripheral matter also reminds us that the aspects of decision making that make the greatest difference to the day-to-day quality of life for P may rarely be the substantive issue of any proceedings.

The applicants were the niece (JM) and great niece (MJ) of GM’s late husband. They had been appointed by the Court of Protection jointly and severally as property and financial affairs deputies for GM in August 2010. GM was in her nineties. She had vascular dementia and resided in a residential care home in Derbyshire.

Keith Robinson of the Office of the Public Guardian had met with the deputies and recommended that they apply to the court for retrospective approval of the numerous gifts they had made from GM’s capital…

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