Elder law deals with the legal issues affecting older and vulnerable people and their families, carers, trustees and advisers. It is a rapidly expanding and changing area, and the laws and regulations governing it are becoming increasingly complex. Our practice advises on a wide range of legal issues and through our work with STEP and Solicitors for the Elderly we have helped develop elder law.
Working with lawyers in our Wealth Planning team, we are able to help clients with all aspects of estate and tax planning using Wills, trusts and lifetime giving. We advise on Powers of Attorney and applications to the Court of Protection, and members of the elder law team act in contentious Court of Protection matters for older clients, their families and other parties involved, including charities.
One area of particular strength is in matters relating to older people’s mental capacity to take legal decisions; we are also skilled in the provision of advice concerning advance decisions to refuse medical treatment known as Living Wills.
We have a diverse client base of older people and their families and carers, as well as trustees, executors, charities and other professional groups linked with them. International elder law and capacity questions can be particularly complex, giving rise to cross border conflict of law issues. As a law firm with offices in Europe, the US, Asia and Australia, we are ideally placed to help the large proportion of our clients who have interests internationally.
Matters relating to the legal ‘best interests’ of older people have the potential to be divisive, upsetting and contentious. Our elder law practice prides itself on handling such situations with sensitivity and compassion and in finding practical solutions to problems.
"I appreciate the team's knowledge and also the lawyer's empathy and understanding of older people with dementia and the surrounding legal issues."
"The team is very good on property and affairs matters. It does a lot of work with charities and is hot on litigation."
'A delightful, proactive team of real professionals. Strengths include their ethos of caring that comes through and their detailed knowledge of this narrow area.'
'They are very practical and have a balanced approach, which is great. They're also conscious of the costs of litigation and they make an effort to get to the nub of the matter without going round the houses.'
Chambers, 2014 & 2015