Mental health – Court of Protection. The patient, ES, suffered from dementia and was cared for in a series of residential care homes one of which was run by the applicant local authority. The local authority applied for the appointment of a panel deputy to manage her financial affairs after it was discovered that ES's children had possibly been mismanaging her finances. The Court of Protection, in its discretion, appointed a solicitor from ES's family firm of solicitors in order to act as a deputy.