Outstanding achievement in legal pro bono was celebrated on 5th December 2017 at the LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards hosted and by the Law Society in London.
We were delighted to be nominated in four categories and to be joint winners of the award for "Best contribution by a small firm".
The award is based on the hard work and dedication of Associate Solicitor Tom Young and Solicitor David Jones. Tom has made a substantial contribution since the inception of the Dementia Law Clinic both in his own time and during working time. Along with his colleague David they have dealt with the majority of cases referred to the clinic.
Tom worked with Neil Allen , a barrister and Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, whilst Neil was establishing the Dementia Law Clinic at the University. Since then Tom and David have prepared and delivered the mandatory training that all of the students undertake at the clinic. When the clinic is running, they review the cases as they come in, liaise with the students ahead of the appointment, supervise the appointment via skype and then review the draft advice once prepared and sometimes the time taken to advise on particular cases has been extensive. They also assist with advice on cases that come up requiring urgent assistance or where there isn’t a clinic space available and provide cover if other solicitors are not able to attend the clinic.
Tom specialises in advice regarding local authorities’ duties of care, funding and the issues surrounding Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS), in addition to his caseload of mainstream professional deputyship/Court of Protection advice work for this firm and has a growing reputation beyond the firm for his skill and determination to help the vulnerable and their families.
David specialises in financial and property deputyship / Court of Protection work, including advice regarding care funding and has already developed a reputation for his sympathetic approach to vulnerable clients and their families.