Tollers Solicitors Host 4th Annual Conference

Date Added 01.03.18

Each year, Tollers Solicitors host a full day Conference aimed at professionals who work with the elderly and vulnerable. Tollers are delighted to announce that this year it is to be held at the Kettering Park Hotel in Kettering on Wednesday 7th March 2018.  The audience is often made up of Social Workers, Charities, Health Professionals, Financial Advisors and others.  Its purpose is to provide expert information and updates in what is an ever-changing area of practice.

This year’s focus is “Contracts, Scams and the Digital Risk to Older Clients” and will mark Tollers’ fourth annual Elderly and Vulnerable Client Conference.

The annual conference features a number of guest speakers on a variety of topics, as well as speakers from within the firm itself and this year is no different. The 2018 conference will cover: care contracts in the home and in a care setting, with a talk from Barrister Lindsay Johnson, a talk on the protection of older people from scams by Nick Johns of Age UK and a very interesting demonstration from cyber-security firm Intaforensics around online risks.

Tollers have their own specialist Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit (EVCU), which was set up initially by former Head of the team, Karon Walton, to give expert advice around Court of Protection matters and Lasting Powers of Attorney, as well as Local Authority and NHS assessments with regard to the funding of care. With this specialist team, Tollers have set themselves apart from other law firms to lead the way in what is a rapidly developing and niche area of law.

The EVCU team is made up of several legal professionals together with Panel Deputy, Martin Hill and Professional Deputy, Barry Rogers. The management of the EVCU has recently been taken over by Solicitor Tonina Ashby, following Karon’s move to become the new Chief Legal Officer for national organisation, Solicitors for the Elderly Ltd (SFE).  Karon said “I am delighted that Tonina has taken up the role to head up the team and will continue the important job of providing comprehensive legal advice for older people and their families when they are faced with the complexities of this area of law. I am also pleased to continue my close association with Tollers as a Consultant to the firm.”

Tonina has worked in law for the past 9 years and joined Tollers in December 2013. Tonina successfully developed Tollers’ Trust and Estates work in the Milton Keynes area, and earned her reputation as “one to watch”.  So it was no surprise that she has succeeded Karon as Head of the EVCU Team, where she will be based at the Northampton office.  Tonina said, “I am excited to take up this opportunity and to develop the unit further and whilst I will be based in the Northampton Office, I will be covering all areas throughout Northamptonshire, Rutland, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.”

Tonina and the EVCU team can assist with all applications to the Court of Protection including Deputyship applications, Trustee applications, Statutory Wills and Gifting. They also deal with queries about care funding and challenges to Local Authority funding and the management of client financial affairs under Deputyship Orders or Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Tollers ’conference will be held on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at the Kettering Park Hotel, Kettering Parkway, Kettering NN15 6XT.  The conference runs from 9.30 until 4pm with registration starting at 8.30am and the cost of the ticket includes lunch and refreshments.

To book a place at this insightful and interesting conference Talk to Tollers Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit on 01604 258558 or email Tollers Marketing Manager, Karen Nicholson on karen.nicholson@tollers.co.uk

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