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Blandy & Blandy LLP

Client-focused: we enjoy working closely with our clients and are committed to achieving success with them. Core values: everything we do reflects our values of excellence, integrity and approachability. Feedback from both our clients and peers confirms this - we know that actions speak louder than words. Independent heritage: we are a leading independent Thames Valley and London firm of solicitors who, for nearly 300 years, have advised generations of wealthy families and estates, entrepreneurs, businesses, charities and philanthropists. Insider knowledge: our legal expertise is enhanced by a deep understanding of key sectors – charities & education; sport, leisure and hospitality; landed estates and professional services. Excellence as given: our partners and many of our associates are acknowledged as experts by the two major legal directories, Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

7 May 2019
South East
Local Alliances:
Reading Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA 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 often advise clients, and their families, who are living with dementia either in their own homes or care homes.  We aim to provide tailored comprehensive advice in an empathetic and professional manner in order to help clients make informed decisions about their circumstances and legal needs.  Individuals in our team are specialists in matters affecting vulnerable clients, holding memberships in specialist groups such as Solicitors for the Elderly and The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

We also hold regular presentations on legal matters affecting people living with dementia in the Thames Valley area, working with various local and regional charities.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

To ensure that our staff are aware of the difficulties faced by someone living with dementia and that they are as equipped as possible to deal with such challenges and emotional situations and also know what local, regional or national resources may be able to offer additional assistance. 

For prospective, and existing clients, we are able to offer home visits where an individual is unable to travel to our office.

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2. Actions

  • To ensure there is a Dementia Friend within our firm

    Catherine Diamond is a Dementia Friend with an understanding of dementia awareness.

  • For a member of staff to become a Dementia Friend Champion

    Catherine Diamond is a Dementia Friend Champion and is able to deliver Dementia Friend Information Sessions

  • To schedule Dementia Friends Information Sessions to other staff members of Blandy & Blandy LLP

    To hold information sessions for colleagues in our front of house staff, Wills, Trusts & Probate, Residential Conveyancing and other departments who regularly deal with the elderly and vulnerable.


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In December 2014 two Dementia Friend sessions were undertaken.  28 members of staff are now Dementia Friends.

  • To support the Reading Dementia Action Alliance

    Catherine Diamond has joined the steering group with Reading DAA to assist developing ideas towards a dementia friendly community in Reading and its surrounding areas.


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Catherine is working with the steering committee members to assist with planning a Christmas Event in Reading.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Catherine has agreed to help the Reading DAA with the management of action plans being posted to the website.

  • To support the Alzheimer's Society in its national campaign to create 1,000,000 Dementia Friends

    Catherine Diamond has been invited by the Alzheimer's Socieity to represent Dementia Friends in the Thames Valley area by delivering Dementia Friends Information Sessions to other parties who request such sessions from the Alzheimer's Society.


    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Catherine held a Dementia Friends Information Session at Sainsburys Broad Street Reading in September 2014 and created 5 Dementia Friends.

  • To continue attending dementia awareness events and delivering presentations regarding legal issues that may effect the elderly and those planning for their future.

    Catherine Diamond regularly presents on legal issues to groups in the Reading and surrounding areas. Also attends information days in conjunction with various charities and clinical commissioning groups.

    Caroline Casagranda regularly presents at retirement courses to advise and equip those requiring information when planning for their retirement and future.


    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Catherine Diamond exhibited legal information effecting the elderly at the Older Peoples' Day at St Laurence Church Reading on 1st October 2014.

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Caroline Casagranda and Elizabeth Short exhibited legal information effecting the elderly at the Living Well With Dementia event at the Best Western Hotel Wokingham on 25th September 2014.

    On 11th September Catherine Diamond presented information to an audience of carers regarding legal issues affecting the elderly at Prospect Park Hospital.