About Us

Clodes Solicitors is a family run firm which was established by Michael Clode and is now controlled by three Solicitor Partners Michael Clode, Damian Clode and Victoria Clode.

Our staff specialise in Private Client work, Family & Children Law, Personal Injury, Mental Health Law, Employment Law and Civil Litigation.
Our offices are located in both London and Cardiff providing services to local clients across South Wales, Bristol, London and we also offer services to those further afield.

Solicitor Partners

Michael Clode is the Senior Partner who specialises in Mental Health Law, Family and Children Law, and Criminal Law.  Michael qualified as a solicitor over 30 years ago.  Michael is a very experienced advocate and member of the Law Society’s Accredited Mental Health Law Panel representing clients before the Mental Health Tribunal in both Wales and England. Michael is also a member of the Law Society’s Accredited Criminal Litigation Scheme and a qualified Duty Solicitor. Michael is also our Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

Damian Clode qualified as a solicitor in 2008 having trained at Clodes Solicitors. Damian specialises in Civil Litigation, Wills, Contentious and Non-contentious Probate, Private Client work, Court of Protection and Deputy Applications. Damian has had notable success defending and pursuing family dependants act claims at the High Court.   Damian has been working in this area for 12 years and during that time has helped numerous families and individuals.

Damian is also our Data Privacy Manager.

Victoria Clode qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and specialises in Children Law having previously been an accredited Children Law Panel member. Victoria assists in the management of the firm, and deals with the management administration and accounts. She is the COLP (Compliance Officer for Legal Practice) and COFA (Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration)

Consultants

Mary Minton, has been a qualified solicitor for over 35 years, Mary has specialised in family law throughout her career. She is extremely experienced in all areas of this type of work particularly in dealing with the fallout from separation and divorce and the financial consequences. Mary has acted for many clients with very substantial assets and is renowned for her sensible and sympathetic approach. Much of Mary’s work comes through recommendation from existing and former clients.  Mary is a member of the Law Society’s accredited Family Law Panel. 

Mary also deals with probate matters, wills and powers of attorney for her clients.

Solicitors

Gabrielle Greathead qualified as a solicitor in May 2020. She attended Cardiff University and completed the Legal Practice Course with distinction. Gabrielle has been working in our private client department since she qualified.  Gabrielle can advise clients on all aspects of estate administration, powers of attorney, Wills and contentious probate issues.

Gabrielle is also a member of the Law Society’s accredited Mental Health Law Panel and represents clients at Mental Health Tribunals.

Administration Team

Christine Allen provides Secretarial support to the Partners within the practice as well as overseeing the day to day administration for the firm.

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A common query we receive is that P has lost capacity - how does one remove an Attorney appointed under an LPA ?

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 under S.22 and S.23 gives the Court power to revoke an LPA or to determine any question as to the meaning or effect of a lasting power of attorney.

One must carefully consider whether the allegations have merit and who it is proposed would deal with the persons financial affairs should the LPA be revoked.

One could raise there concerns directly with the Office of The Public Guardian or the attorney.

Alternatively one could consider making an application to the Court of Protection to revoke the Power of Attorney and appoint X as a Deputy. If time is of the essence an application to the Court for Directions or Revocation maybe prudent following a letter before action.

If a person is considering a Court of Protection application they should seek legal advice before commencing.

Where a Court application for revocation is being considered the donor would need to be assessed by an expert to ascertain the following:

1. Does P have capacity to revoke their LPA ?
2. Can P validly enter into a new LPA ?
3. Does P lack capacity to request accounts from their attorney ?
4. Did P lack capacity to make the gift or relevant financial decisions at the relevant time ?

The Court can consider any past behaviour or apparent prospective behaviour by the attorney. Provided that X does not have capacity the Court has the power to take whatever steps it regards as appropriate in P's best interests, whether that be by revoking the LPA or by taking some other course.

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