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Irwin Mitchell

A full service law firm committed to working closely with our clients to seek out creative solutions for commercial organisations and private individuals to achieve success. We have industry-specific expertise in relation to a broad spectrum of areas to fully support our clients in their business and personal needs.

4 February 2020
South East
Legal, Law
Local Alliances:
Chichester Dementia Action Alliance, Bognor Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

IM Private Wealth often advise individuals and their families who are living with dementia in either their own homes, supported living arrangements or care homes.   We provide a fully holistic approach and tailored advice to our client's situtation.  We deliver our advice with empathy and professionalism, supporting our clients to make informed decisions about their individual circumstances and legal needs.

Many individuals across our Private Wealth practice, and Irwin Mitchell LLP, are specialist advisers in legal matters relating to elderly and vulnerable clients holding memberships in specialist groups such as Solicitors for the Elderly, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and many more.

Locally we offer support to carer groups, local authorities and local charities supporting those living with dementia.  For 2017 our Charity of the Year at Chichester is the Tangmere based 'Chichester Dementia Support Group'.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

wEnsuring that our staff members are aware of the basic difficulties faced by someone living with dementia and to educate them as much as possible about these challenges and emotional situations.

To ensure that staff know what local, regional or national support is available to offer additional assistance to that individual, over and above the solution to their legal or business matter.

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2. Actions

  • For members of staff to become Dementia Friends

    There are currently 34 Dementia Friends within the Chichester Office


    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    In May 2017, as part of Dementia Awareness week Irwin Mitchell LLP created 424 new Dementia Friends across our group of nationwide offices.

    In our Chichester office, over 2/3 of staff are now Dementia Friends

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Additional Dementia Friends Session to take place in March 2017

  • To support the Chichester & Bognor Dementia Action Alliance

    Catherine Diamond has been involved with the steering group since approximately March 2015. 


    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    July - as our planned event for May did not go ahead, we are in the process of planning an event for Older People's Day on Sunday 1st October, to take place in Bognor Regis.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Recently attented a small group meeting to discuss holding an event for Dementia Awareness Week, May 2017.

  • To support the Alzheimer's Society in its campaign to continue creating Dementia Friends

    As a Champion Catherine Diamond is available to hold sessions which are requested via the Alzheimer's Society

    Catherine has created 66 Dementia Friends to date

  • To continue attendting dementia awareness events and delivering presentations regarding legal issues which may affect the elderly and those planning for their future.

    Catherine Diamond regularly presents on legal issues to local carer groups in the West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey. 


    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    June 27 - held an information session for a Carer's Support Group hosted at Marriott House Care Home, Chichester.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Another presentation due in Crawley in February 2017

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Information clinic held for the staff at Chichester District Council regarding hte preparation of Will, IHT planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Intestacy Rules.

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    February 22 - held an information sessions for a Carer's Support Group hosted at Crawley Town Hall.

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Carer Workshop held at the Chichester Dementia Support Group - Tangmere.  Legal information to carers regarding living with dementia. 26 Sept 2016

    Holiding an information stand at the Chichester Well Being Fair,  27 September 2016

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    In collaboration with Dawn's Vintage Do, IM Private Wealth sponsored a 'Tea Party' at Westbourne House School.  The audience were those living with dementia and their carers, or family.  An afternoon of vintage entertainment, a dance routine by IM Private Wealth Staff and legal informaiton available if requested.