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Howes Percival LLP

We are a leading law firm offering a wide range of legal expertise to a range of clients, from families and individuals to global businesses and government. We have offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich, although our clients are drawn from around the world. This is because we believe that the most important thing is not where we are but where our clients need us. Our lawyers are recruited from a variety of backgrounds, meaning our clients are served by an excellent mix of high-quality lawyers with a wide-range of experience and all of whom share a desire to do their best for each client.

Updated:
12 April 2019
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Legal
Local Alliances:
East Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance, Fenland Dementia Action Alliance, Cambridge City Dementia Action Alliance, Huntingdonshire Dementia Action Alliance, South Cambridgeshire Dementia Action Alliance, Norwich City 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?

At Howes Percival, we are committed to providing high quality legal advice to all clients, including those who have been diagnosed with dementia as well as their carers and relatives.

We recognise the importance of planning for the future and encourage clients to ensure they have made the appropriate provision including setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney to enable another person to assist with finances or health and welfare. We also provide advice on wills, Inheritance Tax planning and trusts if necessary.

If a person is no longer able to manage their own affairs we can assist with Court of Protection applications and advise on the ongoing role of deputy.

Howes Percival has an in-house Dementia Friends Champion who runs regular sessions for both internal and external people, enabling all of our Private Client solicitors to be part of the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends initiative.

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

Legal issues can be complex and Howes Percival aims to provide advice in a manner that clients can understand in order that they can make the decisions that are right for them and retain control of their affairs for as long as possible. We are able to provide advice on issues at all stages of dementia, from future planning following a diagnosis, to advising on funding and care home agreements.

Our solicitors are approachable and are happy to make home visits or attend a client in a care home, if the client is more comfortable.

Member website

www.howespercival.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Safeguarding Policy

    To have in place a safeguarding policy to protect vulnerable clients including those living with dementia.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Fundraising

    To hold events in our offices to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    On May 27, Amy Wallhead, an Associate Solicitor in the Cambridge Office, will take part in a sky dive to raise money for Alzheimer's Society.  So far she has raised £870.

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In December, the Cambridge office took part in Elf Day and raised £53.60 for Alzheimer's Society.

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    In June, the Cambridge office took part in Cup Cake day on raised £35 for Alzheimer's Society.

  • In-House Dementia Friend Champion

    To have a person who is a trained Dementia Friend Champion to provide in-house and external Dementia Friend training.

    Status:
    Completed
  • Private Client Solicitors

    To ensure that our Private Client solicitors and support staff have an understanding of dementia and are able to support people living with dementia as well as their relatives and carers and provide advice as necessary.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Local Dementia Alliance

    To become a member of and support the local Dementia Action Alliance.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Offices

    To ensure our offices are as dementia friendly as possible.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Promoting the necessity of planning for the future for people living with dementia

    To encourage people who have been diagnosed with dementia to review their affairs and ensure that they have a valid Enduring Power of Attorney or Lasting Power of Attorney in place and also to review their will while they still have capacity.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friends

    To make as many of our staff as possible Dementia Friends.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    28 Dementia Friends made in the Norwich office on 22 March 2018.

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    14 Dementia Friends made in the Cambridge office on 30 November 2017.