Brearleys solicitors are a specialist law firm offering legal services in many areas of law. Our Private client department deals with matters such as Wills, Powers of Attorneys, Court of Protection, Probate matters and Tax Planning advice during lifetime and following death. Our roots can be traced back to 1833 when the firm was first established local in the West Yorkshire area. We operate nationally and have offices in Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton and Brighouse. We also carry out home visits or other out of office visits to hospitals and nursing homes all within the West Yorkshire Region. Brearleys solicitors was one of the first firms to proudly achieve the WIQS accreditation in Spring 2014 when the scheme first came into force. We are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). Our private client department encompasses many different aspects of legal matters. Everybody is an individual and we therefore work in a bespoke way to fit our clients case. Our fully qualified and highly technical team are there to assist our clients and to guide them where necessary in connection with Wills Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters. We provide competitive tax planning advice both during lifetime and following death.
- 26 January 2016
- North West
- Local Alliances:
- Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Oldham 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?
Our Private Client Team is committed to providing the legal services our clients and their families and carers need to assist and support people with dementia throughout their lives. Our aim is to ensure that our existing and new clients with dementia, and their support networks, feel comfortable in our offices and that they can approach us to speak about any legal issues they may have.
Our aim is to ensure that all our staff have the necessary skills to respond effectively and compassionately to people with dementia. Our staff regularly attend out of office courses in order to keep up to date with the changes in the law including courses relating to dementia awareness.
Brearleys solicitors would like to work in conjunction with other local organisations supporting the Dementia Action Alliance. Brearleys solicitors has a long history in supporting and working with other local organisations such as Kirkwood Hospice and Age UK. We would like to assist in strengthening and supporting our community and look forward to working with other local organisations in supporting the Dementia Action Alliance.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Legal issues can be complex and so our qualified team are here to demystify the jargon. We want our clients to make informed decisions that are right for them. Explaining and re-visiting these matters over a number of appointments allows the individual and their families and carers to understand the issues involved and helps them retain that information. This continued contact supports, develops and grows the client/legal advisor relationship which is crucial in delivering high quality bespoke legal services.
We offer out of office appointments including at home, care home, hospital attendance to suit our clients’ individual needs if our clients are unable to attend one of our offices or would prefer to be seen in their own environment.
Organise education and training for staff
Organise dementia awareness sessions for staff. We will commence the training at our Brighouse office and implement the changes across all our other offices with all staff attending a Dementia Friends awareness sessions. This will ensure that all colleagues have a basic awareness and understanding of dementia and what individuals, families and carers are going through in their lives.
We will ensure our offices have appropriate literature in our waiting areas. We will use our website and social media ties to raise awareness of dementia and also encourage other organisations and communities to do the same.
To enable us to deliver the above we will select a member of staff to train as a Dementia Friends Champion (DFC). Our Dementia Friends Champion will ensure that dementia awareness is being implemented throughout our organisation, review and develop other training needs as required. The DFC will also implement action plans with other local DAA Alliances as appropriate.
We will look at support, we as a firm can offer to assist our staff who may have family or friends living with dementia and be undertaking the role of a carer. We will look at developing an internal support network.
By ensuring a greater understanding of dementia, our staff can then take this knowledge into their own lives and grow the support network for dementia, with the support of their employer.
Brearleys solicitors will continue to train staff in order to ensure greater understanding of dementia and what the client, their families and carers could be experiencing.
Suzy Singh-Bhaker who works in the Manchester area, will continue to work with Making Space within Oldham. Suzy plans to work with other organisations such as the Alzheimer's Society and carers support groups within Oldham area to benefit and provide advice to individuals with dementia and their families.