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I am a senior solicitor at Irwin Mitchell based in the Chichester office. With previous general private client experience I now specialise in matters relating to elderly and vulnerable clients. This often involves meeting the clients at the office, their home or care home to discuss legal aspects relating to their deteriorating health or mental capacity.
I am experienced in the preparation of Powers of Attorney, applications to the Court of Protection, issues of mental capacity, long-term care planning and administering the financial affairs of the elderly and vulnerable.
I am a Dementia Friend and regularly speak with local groups and organisations about the importance of preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney.
"Catherine Diamond can explain processes in a layperson’s language and attracts praise for her deputyship expertise’" - Legal 500, 2014
I always knew that I wanted to work in the legal field. My parents said I was 3 years old when I told them I was going to be a Judge! They report I was also argumentative but always helpful to others too. During secondary education I was applauded for my character and influence. Hopefully all good traits for a successful career as a solicitor.
What I do and how I approach my clients really makes a difference and can alleviate a lot of worry and stress for individuals and their families. I consider myself to have a lot of adopted grandparents and family members that I look after making sure all of their needs are met and they receive the best support and care possible.
I enjoy walking my dog, reading, theatre and music, swimming and cycling. Since 2008 I have been a mentor for students studying the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Guildford.
These were informal sessions run by volunteers which explained simply the ways in which dementia can change people's lives.
The key focus of the sessions, however, is that there is always more to the person than the dementia and that, with an early diagnosis and appropriate support from family, friends and professionals, it is possible for people to live well with dementia for many years.
Sadly, due to the nature of our work, we help people with dementia who have experienced neglect while in care or with families who are concerned about the condition and are preparing for the future in terms of Wills, and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Our experience shows us the impact that dementia has on those who live with the condition and their loved ones. We want to help improve life for these people by helping to create as many new Dementia Friends as possible.
Not only so our employees have a better understanding of the clients they are working with, but so they can spread the word to their own families and friends and help the wider communities we operate in become more inclusive by giving them a greater understanding of dementia and ways to help people living with the condition.
“People are living longer lives and that has significant consequences such as the rise in dementia and other conditions or circumstances, such as brain injury, which can affect the mental capacity of people to manage their own finances.
“So many people are still not planning ahead when it comes to how to manage their finances in the future. While people are usually aware of scammers knocking on the door, many people do not realise that it is often family members who can cause the most financial problems for vulnerable people.
“Our own research shows that the vast majority of people want family members to look after their assets in the event of an illness like dementia (78%) but only 13% have put a lasting power of attorney in place to make sure that happens.”
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