Harrison Clark Rickerbys has set up an elderly client team advising older and vulnerable clients, their families and carers on a range of issues. 

The new team will offer specialist advice on issues ranging from dementia to setting up special trusts for those receiving compensation awards.

Phillipa Bruce-Kerr, partner and head of the older and vulnerable clients team, said: “We are aware the issues we deal with are increasingly complex. 

“The specialist Court of Protection, which makes decisions about how the Mental Capacity Act 2005 affects people in their daily lives, and the role of the Office of the Public Guardian, have important practical implications for all those appointed to represent the vulnerable or elderly. 

“Against this complex background, we recognise that the change in the population demographics and society’s increased understanding of how dementia affects people in their day to day lives will have an impact on how, when and where care and support can be delivered, and who pays for it.”

The team has more than 40 years combined experience in working with people who are vulnerable through age, disability and injury from accidents, and in supporting them and their families and carers. 

Ms Bruce-Kerr is supported by Jessica Beddows and Amelia Carter, who have both been recently promoted to senior associate and associate respectively and trainee legal executive Claire Holland. Administrative support is provided by Diane Taylor and Chris Holder.

The team can provide advice from all of the firm’s offices in Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford, Ross on Wye, the Thames Valley and Birmingham, as well as from its serviced office in London.

Dawn Oliver, partner and head of private client at Harrison Clark Rickerbys said: “To have a specialist team of this nature is extremely rare.

“Most legal services providers will offer generalist elderly care advice through their broader wills, trusts and probate teams.

“We have developed the older and vulnerable clients team directly in response to the complexity of law and regulations in this area and the increasing demands from our clients for these specialist services.”