Career

Val has over 30 years experience as a private client lawyer and has particular expertise in working with elderly and vulnerable. She commenced her career with a large firm of solicitors in London and qualified in 1994 as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Val became a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in 1996, a leading worldwide professional body for the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates. Val passed with Distinction the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients which highlights her expertise in this area of work.

In 1997 Val joined Furley Page at our Canterbury office. She regularly visits clients in their own home or in hospital or care homes when required.

Val is a Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly, a national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

As a member of the Furley Page elderly and vulnerable client team, Val specialises in offering advice to those entering into a care home or receiving domiciliary care in their own home, the funding of care and eligibility to NHS continuing healthcare.

She also deals with estate administration, wills and powers of attorney, Deputyship applications and all Court of Protection matters. She is always willing to visit clients at their home or in hospital or care homes when required and when circumstances allow.

Val has a caring manner and is sensitive to the concerns and anxieties of the elderly and vulnerable. She is able to offer support and advice to them, their carers, their families, to attorneys and to Court appointed deputies.

Val also has specialist knowledge to advise on NHS continuing healthcare assessments and has been instrumental in obtaining successful results in several appeal cases.

The Whitstable and Herne Bay group of Re-Engage was set up by Val and she has been a volunteer and co-ordinator for this group for many years. Re-Engage is a national charity which helps alleviate isolation and loneliness for the elderly.

 

Accreditations

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly
  • Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Co-ordinator for Re-Engage