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Solicitors for the Elderly appoints Chief Legal Officer

Date:26 JAN 2018
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Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) has appointed former board director, Karon Walton, as its first ever Chief Legal Officer, and has welcomed existing SFE members Michael Culver, Carol McBride, Ruth Pyatt and Jenny Pierce to its board of directors, bringing the total number of directors to nine. All new directors are fully accredited members, having completed SFE’s Older Client Law in Practice award within the last three years.

The new appointments are in response to the growing need for specialist skills when dealing with older, more vulnerable consumers in the field of Private Client law.

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Recently SFE has championed the rights of older clients and members, including issues relating to Lasting Powers of Attorney, and the digitisation of legal documents such as wills. Most significantly, it leads the campaign against the proposal to change the probate fee structure, which could have seen bereaved families paying up to £20,000 to access their loved one’s estates after their death, and resulted in a successful overturn in Government policy.

Lakshmi Turner, Chief Executive of SFE, said: 
'It is with great pleasure we welcome Karon as Chief Legal Officer and Carol, Michael, Ruth and Jenny to our board of directors. It’s an exciting time for Solicitors for the Elderly as the organisation continues to grow and set the bar as the gold standard for experts practicing older client law. We will continue to tackle key issues impacting the sector, putting our members and consumers first.'
Karon Walton, said:
'I have seen Solicitors for the Elderly go from strength to strength as a board director, as we have campaigned on critical issues affecting the sector, our members and most importantly the older clients we represent. 

In my new role as Chief Legal Officer I will continue to champion the rights of older people, focusing on the upcoming challenges that our profession faces.'