James Bird is qualifying to specialise in older client care
9 February 2021 by Rebecca Webber
Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors (FJG) is delighted to announce that Solicitor of the firm James Bird passed the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) award in February. James is now an Associate Member of SFE.
James qualified in February 2021, following completion of the OCCP exam. Fundamentally, the OCCP award is not about legal training but evidencing and building client service; something which FJG strives to continually excel at. Securing this award shows that James has worthy experience, understanding, and awareness of the limitations of acting for older and vulnerable clients as well as a commitment to abide by the SFE Code of Practice. Moreover, the OCCP award discusses in-depth the importance of client relationships, undue influence, safeguarding, elderly abuse, and older client communication. These are essential considerations to protect the mature, and sometimes susceptible, clients that FJG can work with.
Ultimately, SFE prides itself on the fact that their members have specialist client care skills which enable them to advise and support these older and vulnerable clients setting SFE members apart from others. Therefore, the firm is thrilled to have another member of staff on their way to full qualification; FJG Partner, Andrea Godfrey certified with the SFE having completed both the OCCP and Older Client in Law Practice (OCLP) award in 2016. Moving forward, James hopes to take the OCLP award too in order to qualify fully later this year.
Paula Cameron, Managing Partner at FJG comments: “James has worked hard to achieve this first step to full SFE member qualification. At FJG, we strive to serve the Essex community as a whole and we are very pleased to have two specialists in older client law.”
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