The Professional Deputies Forum (PDF) brings together solicitors and legal executives who act as professional deputies, and those who work alongside them, to share best practice, news and views.

It also aims to serve as a conduit between its members and third parties such as the Office of the Public Guardian, the Ministry of Justice, the Court of Protection and the Law Society.

Its overall aim is to contribute to the work of professional deputies on issues related to vulnerable adults who lack or have limited mental capacity.

The PDF is an independent, not for profit company and membership is open to all Court of Protection appointed deputies, while associate membership is available for other members of staff who assist deputies.

There is also an honorary membership scheme, for persons with special skills or knowledge concerning deputyship and Court of Protection matters.

The PDF will host an annual conference, this year sponsored and hosted by Leeds-based law firm, Clarion, on 22 March. Speakers include Alan Eccles, of the Public Guardian and Joan Goulbourn of the Ministry of Justice.

The PDF’s directors include Russell Caller of Gillhams Solicitors LLP, Holly Chantler of Morrisons Solicitors and Warners Solicitors’ Martin Terrell.