Latimer Hinks solicitors Claire Farrell and Natalie Walker have been appointed as the North East Regional Co-ordinators for the national organisation Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
SFE is a network of lawyers specialising in legal services for older people.
The organisations aim is to improve legal services for older people and their carers, providing advice on wills, lasting powers of attorney, long-term social and health care, tax planning and other retirement issues.
Claire and Natalie will be responsible for running a branch of the SFE for solicitors in the region.
Their role will involve arranging discussion groups to deal with all issues in the field of elderly client law and organising training sessions with experts.
Claire and Natalie will help ensure that member solicitors in the North East have the requisite knowledge to provide the best legal advice to their clients.
They will also be the local ambassadors for the SFE, making contact with the national group and other appropriate legal organisations to raise awareness of elderly client issues.
Claire said: We are both looking forward to our new roles as North East Regional Co-ordinators for the SFE and being at the forefront of improving the knowledge and understanding of legal services required by older people.
Natalie said: Sharing information and best practice, when it comes to dealing with this important and growing section of the community, helps ensure that our members are well informed and up-to-date.
Claire, who studied law at Durham University, was a trainee with Latimer Hinks from 2001, qualified in 2003 and became a Partner four years later.
Natalie, who joined Latimer Hinks nine years ago, qualified in 2007. She specialises in wills, trusts, Inheritance Tax, affairs of the elderly, and community care issues.
Claire and Natalie both have extensive experience in the field of elderly client law and both work in the Private Client department at Latimer Hinks.
Latimer Hinks Partners, Anne Elliott and Andrew Way, are also members of Solicitors for the Elderly as well as solicitor Gillian Perkins and trainee Nadine Sweeney.
Andrew is Executive Director and Secretary of Solicitors for the Elderly.