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.”