Ben Saunders



I am solicitor in the Private Client team in Newbury, specialising in advising individuals and their families who want to plan for the future: whether in relation to their property and financial affairs or their future care. This includes advising in relation to wills, powers of attorney, advance decisions/‘living wills’, acting as attorney/ deputy and the Court of Protection.

I have particular experience and expertise in advising and assisting clients who act as attorneys or deputies and who wish to ask the Court of Protection to make a particular decision about a person’s property, finances or care.   

In my volunteer role as a Dementia Friends Champion, I deliver regular information sessions to help to raise public awareness of the challenges of living with dementia - for both the individual affected and their family and friends.

I am also head of the Newbury Dementia Friends Community Forum, which seeks to improve the lives of people living with dementia in Newbury. The forum’s aim is to encourage the local community to make the little changes required to make Newbury a dementia-friendly town in which to live and work. 

What inspired you to get into law?

I always enjoyed amateur dramatics as a child: while completing an English Literature degree at Southampton University I decided that a career in law gave me the opportunity for performing, reading, writing and meeting people. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

I particularly enjoy working with clients and their families in relation to powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications. The initial anxiety which clients often feel when they make the first step of contacting a solicitor to talk about issues of mental incapacity is often lessened once I explain to them the legal process and the options open to them. The ultimate goal with each client is to provide the documentation or Court approval which then allows the individuals involved to get on with their lives knowing that their affairs are all in place.

What do you do away from the office?

I am an avid supporter of Reading Football Club, having had a season ticket for many years - I caught the bug when my dad took me to my first game against Leyton Orient in 1993. I also have a young son who keeps me busy!

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  • 06/04/2017
    Virtual Reality Dementia Bus Visits Newbury

    “Without giving too much away the experience impaired our vision, touch and hearing, making it very difficult to understand and interact with our environment. Being on the bus played with our ability to understand simple instructions and the information being provided to us. It was a very unnerving situation and a small glimpse into the impact dementia can have on daily life. I was very cautious moving about the bus. I began to realise I was hunched over as I shuffled around. Most importantly it highlighted to us the importance of understanding and patience when interacting with people who are living with dementia.

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  • 08/12/2016
    Care Home Carol Service To Help Dementia Patients

    “When we think of Christmas we often think of presents, family, food and drink but it’s easy to forget the members of society who are living with dementia. “Considering music has been proven to be both soothing and stimulating and can help prompt the recall of forgotten memories, we thought a carol service would be a positive way to remember those members of our community.”

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