David Hilton, the head of Bromleys’ Court of Protection department, has been promoted to partner.

David joined the practice in 2017 as a senior associate and became head of the department last year when he succeeded John Longworth.

John handed over the reins of the 11-strong team in line with Bromleys’ succession plan but remains a key member of the team.

The Court of Protection team acts for clients who lack the mental capacity to manage their own property and financial affairs due to reasons such as injury, illness or old age.

David, who qualified as a solicitor in 2008, is a member of the national committee of the Court of Protection Practitioners Association.

He said: “I’m delighted to become a partner at Bromleys and look forward to working closely with the rest of the management team to build on our success and drive the business forward.”

Bromleys’ senior partner Mark Hirst said: “David is an extremely talented professional who has made a strong contribution to the department and the firm as a whole since joining us in 2017.

“He has enhanced the team’s skill set and efficiency and under his stewardship it has enjoyed its most successful year in the firm’s history.

“As a partner, David will play an important role in helping us to achieve our ambitious growth plans and the continued delivery of legal services of the highest quality to all our clients.”

Mark added: “We are continuing to recruit to meet growing demand for our services, with new team members taking up key positions in the corporate and commercial services and care teams in the near future, and with further appointments in the pipeline.”