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Pragmatic Solutions to Care – Gregg Latchams in conversation with Paul Smith of Paul Smith Consultancy Services

22 August 2019 | Heledd Wyn

In the run up to our Pragmatic Solutions to Care Event, we are interviewing members of the Pragmatic Practitioners. The Pragmatic Practitioners aim for better, more professional assistance to people at difficult times in their lives. These may be disabled people, those experiencing mental health difficulties or elderly people. Some of these people may be in vulnerable situations.

Paul Smith, Managing Director at Paul Smith Consultancy Services is one of the original members of the Pragmatic Practitioners and has worked in various roles in his career to better the system and drive change.

He is a qualified forensic accountant, elder financial abuse investigation and fraud and counter fraud specialist – having previously been a National Crime Agency financial investigation Detective in Dorset Police for 25 years. He was the first encumberment in the role as police coordinator for multi-agency abuse investigation for vulnerable adults, in particular the elderly. This saw Paul liaise with health and Social Care partners daily.

The Pragmatic Solutions to Care Event will host a range of speakers from different parts of the care industry and aims to answer, educate and investigate what good care looks like and how do we look after carers and how do we protect those who need care?


  1. What does the Pragmatic Care event mean to you?

Being one of the first members of the Pragmatic Practitioners, I feel this event is very important as it’s able to bring different corners of the sector together and open new possibilities for all.

  1. How does your job/role interact/cooperate with the care industry?

I worked as a Police Officer for 25 years and specialised in dealing with financial abuse, I now run my own consultancy, which helps with delicate inter familial financial abuse cases all over the country. These cases require the expertise and experience of a former Detective and Forensic Accountant. Someone who is able to provide strategic and pragmatic advice using a forensic eye to examine the situation and offer solutions.

  1. What are you working on at the moment?

At this present moment I am working on a range of cases, for corporate, private clients and public bodies. Some of these investigations related to those residing in Care and a supported living environment. I am currently working on a case for the Crown Prosecution Service in the North East. The case involves the alleged multi thousand-pound abuse perpetrated by a court appointed Deputy who had been looking after the finances of a relative.

Just I have recently taken part in two television documentaries. The first entitled Robbing Your Relatives is due to be aired by Channel 5 within the next few weeks and the other called Robbing the Elderly was broadcast by ITV in June of this year. In both documentaries, I discussed the implications and processes of financial abuse in a family setting. The ITV programme also featured Denzil Lush a former Senior Judge in at the Court of Protection, Mike Culver, the Chairman of Solicitors for the Elderly and Dr John Beer Chairman of Action on Elder Abuse amongst others. All were able to offer insight from different angles, using their specialist knowledge.

Since starting my Consultancy business and becoming a Pragmatic Practitioner, I have made it my mission to push for change, to prevent and protect the elderly or other vulnerable persons from financial abuse. I see the Pragmatic Practitioners as a platform to bring about change.

  1. What is your speaking topic and what do you want attendees to take from it?

The title of my presentation will be: ‘Preventing, detecting, investigating and presenting financial abuse: A seasoned investigator’s guide’. I hope to educate attendees and enlighten them as to signs and indicators to look out for when considering financial exploitation.

I have introduced Paul Greenwood a former UK Barrister and retired Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, California. Paul has been a keynote speaker at many events/conferences in the UK and USA. He is a renowned expert in prosecuting all aspects of elder abuse from theft to homicide. Paul as a member of the Pragmatic Practitioners, will feature in short video clip. The clip from Paul will highlight his experience in dealing with financial exploitation and elder abuse and seeks to spark debate with attendees, highlighting the need for a legislative change in the UK, to provide authorities with the right tools to deal with financial abuse.

I am really looking forward to speaking at this event. I have worked with the Pragmatic Practitioners and Heledd Wyn at Gregg Latchams on a previous event in Weston Super-Mare, where we dedicated discussion to the topic of “Pragmatic Solutions to Care Problems”.

All profits from the event will be shared equally between the dementia research charity BRACE and Bristol Dementia Action Alliance . To secure your place please visit: 

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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