On 4 October 2019, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched a scheme to refund those who may have paid more than they should for deputyship fees.

If you (or someone you are acting for) were a client of the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and paid fees relating to a deputyship between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015, then you could be due a refund.

In a review, the MOJ found that deputyship fees did not always match how much it cost for OPG to supervise deputyships between April 2008 and March 2015. 

The MoJ has set up a refund scheme for those who were charged fees that were higher than necessary.

The scheme is open for three years.

Existing clients

Current deputies with existing eligible clients will be contacted by OPG and their clients will be automatically refunded. They do not need to take further action at this stage.

Former clients

If an eligible client’s case has now closed and the deputyship ended, then you’ll need to apply for a refund.