We are a full service law firm. Our experienced and talented lawyers provide an excellent range of business and private client legal services. We listen and understand our clients’ real issues and objectives in order to provide effective, bespoke legal advice. Our Private Client Services teams provide expert advice on wills, trusts, probate and mental capacity issues including disputed wills, trusts and mental capacity cases. There is also a team, specialising in family matters such as divorce and relationship breakdown, financial settlement, pre and post nuptial agreements and child matters. Our Business Services teams offer advice on corporate and commercial transactions, intellectual property, employment and property matters. We advise clients on dispute resolution, corporate recovery, debt recovery and legal costs services.
- 19 January 2015
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
We have a very experienced and sensitive team who regularly advises clients and their families who are facing a diagnosis of dementia on the immediate legal issues that they often face. A diagnosis of dementia does not automatically mean that the client lacks mental capacity and we are committed to ensuring that we understand and apply the ethos that is at the very heart of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which is that a person must be assumed to have capacity unless it is proved otherwise. We do not judge, patronise or assume. We do listen, discuss, assess and advise.
The role of Clarion Solicitors as a firm in delivering better outcomes to people with dementia and their carers on a local level is to ensure that our staff across the firm are aware of and sensitive to the relevant issues when dealing with clients and their loved ones who are living with dementia. This will be delivered by dementia awareness training for key staff in the firm such as the private client lawyers and support staff and the front of house team. It is to maintain an outstanding level of expertise and training for our lawyers. It is to offer legal advice to our clients that is technically outstanding and delivered in surroundings that allow our clients to feel comfortable, understood and confident in us.
On a national level, the role of Clarion Solicitors is to join forces with other legal services firms to promote the importance of understanding clients with dementia and their carers to ensure access to good quality legal services. It is also to become part of a movement that encompasses all areas of business and industry and promotes a better understanding of people who suffer from dementia and how to support them and their carers in the provision of goods and services.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
People often do not like or trust lawyers. The phrase “fat cat lawyer” is frequently bandied around the press. Lawyers appear on soaps and TV dramas as old fashioned, mean, expensive, usually male and concerned with disputes and crime. The biggest challenge of all is to get people in general, as well as those suffering from dementia and their families, to engage with and trust their legal advisors.
We are a group of dedicated lawyers, male, female, old, young, parents, children, siblings and much more. We are as diverse as our clients are but with the common aim of finding a resolution to legal issues that they face.
One of our key phrases is at Clarion, and part of our “DNA” is that we will change the world’s view of lawyers, one client at a time.
Provide Dementia Friends Information Sessions
We continue to be committed to improving awareness of dementia across our personnel, We also plan to provide information sessions to our clients and colleagues in other professional services businesses.
Clare King has trained as a Dementia Friends Champion and has run a successful Dementia Friends information session for staff. A second sessionin early 2015 has been quickly booked out..
Two further information sessions have also been organised each at a different local business so that their staff can learn about living well with dementia.
Prepare Dementia Awareness training material for nationwide Solicitors for the Elderly network.
Act with other local members of DAA Yorkshire & Humber to roll out nationwide training materials to the Solicitors for the Elderly network.
Provide meeting and seminar facilities to DAA Yorkshire & Humber
Utilise Clarion’s offices in Leeds for DAA quarterly meetings and Dementia Friends sessions for local businesses.
All lawyers from the Private Client Team to become Dementia Friends
Lawyers to follow up Dementia Friends session with signing up to be a Dementia Friend
Continue to provide information and training on legal issues to community groups, the public sector and people working in the care industry.