SFE membership benefits
As you progress through our membership levels, your benefits will increase
Benefits exclusive to Full Accredited Members
Full Accredited Members are eligible to receive referrals from SFE and a number of external sources including national charities.
An extensive profile on SFE website for free which can be viewed by the public. You can display your full contact details and website, your areas of specialism and any additional services you offer.
Full marketing page
Coming soon… You will be able to create a full marketing page profile and add as much content as you would like including quotes and testimonials, videos and blogs. (This will be available for an additional fee)
Exclusive use of the SFE accredited logo.
PR media toolkit
For each SFE campaign, Full Accredited Members are provided with tailored media toolkits to help them generate their own coverage in regional media.
Full Accredited Members are given opportunities to speak, comment and write on behalf of SFE.
Benefits for all SFE members
SFE Accredited Awards
The SFE Older Client Care in Practice (OCCP) Award is absolutely unique as it is the first and only soft skills training programme designed exclusively for lawyers who work with older and vulnerable clients. The SFE Older Client Law in Practice (OCLP) Award, is a programme looking at specific areas of law affecting older and vulnerable clients. Both awards are externally accredited by SfJ Awards.
SFE Annual Conference
SFE’s national Conferences held in June each year in central London, have become legendary. As well as an outstanding line up of industry experts and even some celebrity speakers including, Esther Rantzen, John Suchet, Barbara Windsor and Dame Joan Bakewell, the conference provides a great opportunity to meet the wider SFE family.
SFE runs a rolling programme of at least 10 webinars per year. These are run live so that participants can ask questions. SFE always uses a top line up of speakers including Professor Lesley King. Slides, notes and a copy of the recording are sent to participants so that they can listen again. We do not charge per person, but are simply charge a “connection fee” (consisting of one internet and one audio connection) so that several people can participate together. A series discount is available to members.
As well as the Accredited Awards, the National Conference and webinars, SFE also offers regional events and training. SFE sometimes puts on joint conferences and provides ad hoc training, best practice frameworks and, briefing notes as the need arises. A full diary of SFE events regional, national and online is available on the website and are easy to book.
SFE provides an informative, monthly newsletter covering latest developments in areas of the law affecting members, round up of news in the wider older client marketplace, information about SFE events and developments affecting members, marketing knowhow. it includes News on current developments in the Court of Protection, Office of the Public Guardian, Health and Community Care updates.
The SFE website is a powerful tool for members and the public alike. The public area gives the public an overview of the areas of law SFE covers and then provides a powerful search tool to enable to find SFE members in their area. The members area of the SFE websites provides resources and knowhow, factsheets, signposting to best practice and so much to help members in their day to day practices.
The SFE resources hub is a huge repository of relevant information and help. It includes the SFE Book of Knowledge is a growing volume filled with practical help and guidance including letters and precedents, checklists, how to complete complex forms. It also has a signposting section, pointing you to the best available external resources.
SFE negotiates discounts on external training and frequently is able to get discounts on legal publications for example with Lexis Nexis and the Law Society.
Free advertising on SFE website to recruit staff, or to seek opportunities.
SFE provides free factsheets for use with your clients on a range of topics. SFE also provides leaflets that members are able to purchase. Within the SFE newsletter, there is also a marketing article to give you ideas about marketing and developing your business.
Bi-weekly marketing newsletter
Coming soon… Short, sweet and to the point, this newsletter will give you insights, tips and ideas as to how to market yourself and your firm. It will include, SFE tweetables, blog ideas PR tips and a look at some of benefits of SFE membership that you may not be aware of.
The SFE resources hub contains so much for SFE members as well as training and best practice it also contains contact details for industry experts on the website, including barristers. It gives links to relevant interesting websites. There are also links to relevant news items as well as latest case updates.
Access to all SFE members contact details, regardless of their membership type.
- Working with charities and voluntary organisations to gain recognition of SFE and to facilitate business referrals to SFE Full Accredited Members
- Close working relationship with SOLLA, generating the possibility of referrals both ways
- Raising SFE profile through PR, press, radio and TV contributions and appearances, contributing to relevant journals, speaking at conferences and other media related activities
- Representing SFE at a number of fora to improve working practices, such as at the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian
- Responding to consultations in areas that affect policy and legislation
- Contribution of expert opinion to legal books such as The Elderly Client Handbook (The Law Society) and Elderly Clients – A Precedent Manual (Jordans)
Regional Group Membership
Regional groups provide a vital role within the organisation, which include:
- Running training courses locally
- Networking at local level with other lawyers, health and social care professionals, charities and senior citizens fora
- Raising SFE profile, through local press releases and other media activities
- Encouraging membership, joint problem solving and developing expertise on a regional basis