Andrew joined Linder Myers in March 2004 as a Partner in the Trusts and Estates department. He is based at the Manchester office but co-ordinates the department across our regional offices.
Andrew specialises in:
- estate planning using Wills, trusts and lifetime giving
- probate and the administration of estates
- tax planning
- trust administration
- Court of Protection
- issues affecting the elderly
Andrew holds a large number of appointments as executor, trustee, attorney and deputy. In addition he acts as litigation friend for individuals with impaired mental capacity. He is also a trustee of a number of charitable trusts. Andrew has acted as executor in several estates where, following dispute, he has been appointed by the Court as an independent replacement for a previous executor.
Andrew has particular experience of estate planning and tax planning using wills trusts and lifetime giving, including dealing with high net worth estates, businesses, farms, overseas assets, difficult family circumstances and issues of domicile. He deals with complex estates.
Andrew also leads the Court of Protection arm of the trusts and estates department, which specialises solely in issues concerning capacity, powers of attorney, Court of Protection, personal injury trusts, advanced medical decisions, preserving assets in the event of long term residential or nursing care and advice on financial responsibility and funding for long term care including NHS funding care. He acts as Court of Protection deputy for a large number of clients including those with acquired brain injury, injury as a result of clinical negligence, psychological injury and PTSD as well as clients suffering from dementia and other similar illnesses. He acts as deputy for clients during the litigation and claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. He supports the litigation team and acts as a witness for the deputyship claims, as well as acting as litigation friend in a number of cases.
Andrew also acts as trustee for a large number of personal injury trusts. He has been approached in a number of matters as an independent person to act as litigation friend for respondents with impaired mental capacity on an application by a relative for the preparation of a statutory will.
Andrew regularly presents seminars on issues relating to trusts and estates. He also provides training to a number of organisations.
Andrew is married with children. Aside from his family, his main interest is sport and he follows Manchester City home and away.
Year Admitted: 1993
Memberships: Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). Member of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA).
Panel appointments: Andrew is appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian panel of professional Deputies. The appointment means that the Court of Protection may now call upon Andrew to act as an independent Deputy for an incapacitated person.
Kind words and warm applause
"I have had my Will drawn up by Andrew and am very happy with the service and the speed which this has been dealt with"
"Linder Myers LLP's team is very impressive. Led by Andrew Cusworth, It provides a full service, and excels in Court of Protection work". (the Legal 500, 2012)
"Very human, client-centred and rational approach." (Chambers 2015 UK)
“The very technical Andrew Cusworth has a calm and confident manner and the department is particularly noted for its Court of Protection expertise” (Legal 500 2014)
"A very level-headed individual who takes a very sensible and pragmatic view. He looks to try and find a sensible solution and a practical outcome." Chambers 2016 UK
“Linder Myers is recommended for its Court of Protection work in addition to advising on personal tax, probate and tax planning. It regularly acts for high-net-worth individuals, landowners and farmers. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Andrew Cusworth is recommended.” Legal 500 2016
"The ‘technically very strong’ team at Linder Myers is praised for its ‘excellent client management skills coupled with its timely advice –crucially it keeps to deadlines’. Practice head Andrew Cusworth is ‘absolutely at the top of his game; he is very sensible, remains very calm and is brilliant at finding solutions to the most intractable of problems’. Cusworth deals with high-net-worth individuals and complex estates but is also a panel deputy. He splits his time between private client and court of protection work. Associate Gareth Williams is STEP qualified and has ‘excellent people skills and delivers a first-class service to all clients’. The team acts as executors and trustees on a large number of estates including estates that are high value and with foreign assets." Legal 500 2019