People who were charged excessive deputyship supervision fees by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) can now begin claiming refunds under a scheme just launched by the Ministry of Justice.
The refunds are only for deputyship assessments and annual supervisions which took place between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015.
To find out if you’re owed any money and how much you’ll get, you’ll need to make a claim to the OPG.
If you are a deputy acting under a current court order, you do not need to apply for a refund. Any overcharged fees will be refunded automatically.
The deadline for refund claims is 4 October 2022.
The OPG overcharged thousands of people between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015 for its supervisory service. The number of deputyships during that period was rising rapidly, but the OPG failed to revise its estimates of the costs of supervision, and continued to charge fees that were much higher than the costs it actually incurred. This is considered unlawful, unless permitted by specific legislative authority.