BARRETT & CO SOLICITORS LLP
Barrett & Co provides specialist, personalised legal services to individuals and businesses, including Private Client services (wills, probate, trusts, charities, powers of attorney, elder client issues, Court of Protection matters etc), property conveyancing, family law, dispute resolution and civil litigation, employment law and contentious trust and probate matters.
- 9 April 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?
As a law firm that advises people living with dementia and their families, we can help to raise awareness and make a positive difference in our local area. The vast majority of the firm’s clients live locally so talking to them and to their families will inform us where the local needs are and what actions will be important for the whole community. We are also able to host Dementia Friends Information Sessions on our premises, which are accessible and friendly.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We know that many people find visiting the offices of a firm of solicitors very daunting, especially if they do not know anyone from that firm. One of our biggest challenges is therefore counteracting that perception to show that the firm and its staff are both friendly and dementia-friendly. Our best way of achieving this will be to engage in a variety of activities: eg, holding events during Dementia Awareness Week, through our Dementia Friends Champion (Jane Whitfield) holding Information Sessions at the firm’s offices but also at external venues, through members of staff who are Dementia Friends wearing their badge at networking events and being willing to talk to staff, clients and members of the public to raise awareness.
Planning for the future
The Private Client team will talk to clients about Lasting Powers of Attorney, and the important of planning for the future when the clients come in to change their wills or have requested tax/estate planning advice.
Training relating to capacityCarry out regular training amongst the Private Client team regarding capacity. Also work towards every member of staff becoming a Dementia Friend.
Provision of a specialist adviserRaise awareness locally that Hilary Buckle is able to provide legal advice in cases where financial or other abuse is suspected in relation to someone living with dementia.