A court administrator with over 15 years’ experience covering cases across south Wales has joined leading legal firm CJCH Solicitors.
Sally Ann Chapman has been appointed as the coordinator of the Court of Protection team based at the specialist firm’s Barry office.
Mrs Chapman joins the firm after developing her skills in the Court of Protection (CoP) since 2012 and building up vast experience across HM Courts and Tribunal Service since 2003.
Her extensive knowledge of the Court of Protection and the judicial system, will be of significant benefit to CJCH Solicitors and add to its breadth of expertise in this area, said head of the department for family and children law Jodi Winter.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sally to the firm having worked with her through the court system for a number of years.
“Her unparalleled first-hand experience is certain to be invaluable to our attorneys in the Court of Protection team. It is an absolute privilege to be working with someone of her experience and talent and we look forward to the positive impact this will have for CJCH.”
Before joining CJCH Solicitors, which has over 30 years’ experience in advising across all aspects of employment law and the provision of HR legal services, Mrs Chapman worked at the highest levels of Cardiff’s court system, assisting district judges and helping to streamline the Court of Protection’s online filing systems across all regions.
During her lengthy career she became the only CoP clerk to work with 10 judges through the Wales region, and managed over 70 live cases. Not only did she list cases at Cardiff court she also liaised with Swansea, Haverfordwest, Aberystwyth and Caernarfon.
Mrs Chapman believes her experience and effective working relationship with the court will be a “big asset” in her new role.
On her appointment she said: “I’m very excited to be joining CJCH Solicitors. I chose this firm as I enjoyed working with CJCH when I was with the court, I found the team to be friendly, efficient and helpful.
“I also knew they were the biggest firm in South Wales involved in CoP work, so I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to develop and grow within the firm.
“Through this role I am working with the team who represent the protected party. I am finding that there are some real opportunities to develop my skills and progress in my career. It is rewarding to be supporting vulnerable people to get the best care that they require.
“I look forward to continuing my professional development and understanding of my role and doing my work with confidence and precision. I am also looking forward to lots of challenges and opportunities that may come my way.”