Solicitors for the Elderly

We are delighted to announce that Martyn Ford has been made one of the newest associate members of Solicitors for the Elderly (‘SFE’), an organisation which states:

“SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) was set up in 1996 and set out to be a specialist group of lawyers to support and make a difference to older and vulnerable people. (By vulnerable we mean people who may not be able bodied and/or who may be mentality incapacitated i.e. they need help to make decisions or they can’t make decisions for themselves.)

SFE is now a national organisation with over 1600 members across the United Kingdom and a separate group in the Republic of Ireland, all of whom are fully committed to our ethos.

We support our members by providing them with expert training and best practice: keep them up to date with any market developments; promote them through our website and press coverage; help them to help each other through our members advice forum as well as running national and regional events and keeping them up to date with the latest case law related to older clients.

We speak out in the press on behalf of our members about any proposed changes and developments which we believe will adversely affect older clients.

We also work hard behind the scenes with various government, legal bodies and other organisations to ensure our voice and the voice of older people is heard.

Only a very select group of people can become members of SFE. They must be fully qualified, regulated and insured Solicitors, Barristers or Chartered Legal Executives and they must spend at least 50% of their time working with older and vulnerable clients.

SFE is a community of trusted advisers – professionally highly qualified and regulated and who also have additional skills to enable them to work with older and vulnerable clients.” Solicitors for the Elderly

Martyn Ford, speaking about his admission said: “Even after 40 years of practice I am not done learning. The SFE course was highly informative & enjoyable and I am pleased to see that there is an organisation in place which seeks to protect the interests of elderly, and often vulnerable clients.

Sadly, there are many rogue operators and purveyors of legal services in the community today, taking advantage of the public’s lack of awareness of legal regulation. These rogue elements target the most vulnerable, charging them extortionate fees, often for services they do not require, bilking individuals and families out of their hard-earned life savings. By contrast, SFE members are all professionally qualified members, who have demonstrated that they have the skills and expertise to be able to advise and support elderly clients. I am delighted to have been made an associate member.”

Will Aid Success!

Press Release

Martyn Ford and his team in chambers are celebrating their recent charity fund-raising success. Will Aid have confirmed that in 2018 Swansea Law Chambers raised £3,292 in vital funds for charity by volunteering their time and expertise to write people’s wills in exchange for charitable donations.

Martyn Ford of Swansea Law Chambers gave up some of his practice’s valuable time in November to take part in Will Aid, an annual campaign which raises money for nine of the UK’s best loved charities. This year Swansea Law Chambers raised the second largest amount for charity across Wales overall.

This is the fourth year that Martyn Ford has taken part in the scheme, but was by far the best year ever for Swansea Law Chambers. In total, Swansea Law Chambers has raised £5,607 for Will Aid which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018.

Scott Tuppen, now a consultant, said:

“This is a superb initiative which enables millions of people in the UK who do not have a will to have one professionally drafted.”

“A will is one of the most important documents a person will ever have drafted. Every clause, every comma and every full stop can change the entire meaning of a will. It is vital that people use a solicitor, barrister, CLC or CILEX practitioner to provide them with this important document.”

“Meanwhile, Will Aid raises money for some of the most vulnerable people worldwide. We are proud to be part of it.”

Will Aid has raised more than £20 million in donations, and many millions more in pledged legacies, for charity since it launched 30 years ago.

Jon Jacques, chair of Will Aid said: “We are very grateful to all those who give their time to write wills and all those that have made a will and given a donation, for their generous support.

“The nine partner charities use these donations and legacies left by will makers to transform the lives of people in need, both here in the UK and all around the world.”

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director, said: “Thanks to the commitment of local professionals that took part in Will Aid 2018, many people both in the UK and abroad will receive life-changing support, and local people who used the scheme have gained peace of mind thanks to having a professionally drawn up will.”

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Swansea Law Chambers for their incredible efforts in 2018.”

Will Aid takes place every November. Those participating volunteer their time and expertise and waive their fee for writing a basic will.

These donations support nine of the UK’s best-loved charities – ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).

The suggested voluntary donation for a basic Will Aid will is £100 for a single will and £180 for a pair of mirror wills.

Swansea Law Chambers is now taking bookings for appointments in November 2019. Email or call 01792 512403 for your free no-obligation appointment.