Our Aims

With the increasing longevity of the UK population, ageing and quality of life are becoming increasingly fundamental to people’s pre-occupations and thinking. There is a huge gap of knowledge and skills to cope with the demands of longer living and the breakdown of both the family nucleus and the concept of the wider family.

SFE seeks to address some of these issues by providing a forum in which legal people can increase their knowledge and tap into a pool of expertise to ensure they deliver high quality legal advice. Secondly, SFE, through its membership criteria, seeks to ensure that anyone who is a member of SFE will be capable of giving accurate, relevant advice because, as members, they have access to cutting edge thinking, expertise and training.

  • To be the centre of excellence in areas of  private law relevant to older and vulnerable adults, their families’ and carers’ needs and concerns such as:
    • Consent, capacity and substituted decision-making
    • Financial planning, including the funding of retirement and long-term care
    • Social care issues
    • Dealing with abuse
  • To be experts in traditional areas of law such as: wills, probate and trusts, tax planning, court of protection, powers of attorney and property matters
  • To establish, promote and strive to maintain best practice
  • To have constructive relationships with key statutory and voluntary bodies and agencies, charities, housing, health and social care providers, the financial services sector and other related organisations or individuals
  • To work on areas of public policy and issues affecting members of this organisation and their clients
  • SFE to be the first port of call for the public when seeking help and advice on legal issues affecting older and vulnerable adults