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  • Overview

    Martin Terrell and Nick Hobden celebrate the launch of the fourth edition of the Law Society’s Elderly Client Handbook, which Martin edited (in conjunction with Chief Executive and co-founder of Solicitors for the Elderly Caroline Bielanska) and Nick contributed to.

    Martin Terrell, Partner in the Private Client team is one of the general editors of the new handbook as well as a contributor. This includes a chapter on the management of the financial affairs of the elderly. Martin has extensive knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and has been at the forefront of the legal profession's response to the enormous changes in law brought in by this Act. Martin specialises in Court of Protection and elderly client work. He is the author and contributor to several publications including his own book 'A Practitioner's Guide to The Court of Protection', as well as being a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Court of Protection User Group and a director of Solicitors for the Elderly.

    Nick Hobden, Partner in the Employment team contributed a chapter on employment law for the elderly person as both an employer and employee. Nick has considerable experience of advising on all aspects of employment law and has extensive knowledge of the laws relating to age discrimination and the issues surrounding the new Equality Act.

    The fourth edition of the Elderly Client Handbook has been comprehensively updated by a team of contributors drawn from the membership of Solicitors for the Elderly and experts in the fields of mental capacity, mental health and employment law. In particular, this edition takes account of the impact of significant changes made by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 2007 on health and welfare decisions.

    Martin Terrell, Partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore commented:

    “I am thrilled to have been involved with the Elderly Client Handbook. The law relating to the elderly client is a broad and complex one, as it encompasses not just issues of capacity, but the whole range of human experience that affects those who are elderly and also those who care for them. Advising elderly clients requires an up-to-date knowledge of many varied areas of law and practice.

    “The Elderly Client Handbook provides an accessible, single-volume guide to all the relevant law, including practical advice on running and marketing an elderly client practice. I hope it will be a useful guide for my fellow professionals.”

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