Diana Smith, one of the region’s most respected Personal Law Solicitors, is retiring this month after providing legal advice to individuals and their families for 40 years. During her time at SAS Daniels, Diana has advised clients on a host of issues including estate administration, inheritance tax planning, preparing wills, and estate planning.
Diana has worked at SAS Daniels for 22 years, starting with one of its predecessor firms, Walls Johnston & Co in 1995. After studying for her law degree at Liverpool University, Diana began her legal career as an articled clerk at Fox Brooks Marshall in Manchester in 1976.
On her retirement, Diana said: “It has been a privilege to act as a trusted adviser to so many clients and their families over the years. I have been involved in many interesting cases during my career. One that really stands out was my very first probate case where I assisted my principal in handling the affairs of a local landowner and the transfer of his entire estate including his deer and deer park to the National Trust.
“While I will miss both my clients and colleagues, I am looking forward to enjoying my leisure time, spending more time travelling, gardening, music-making and enjoying other hobbies.”
Justine Clowes, Head of the Personal Law team at SAS Daniels adds: “Diana will be greatly missed by us all at SAS Daniels and by the clients she’s looked after for so many years. She has always been held in high regard demonstrating great human and professional judgement often when it’s a difficult and upsetting time for a client. We thank her for all the great work she’s achieved here with us and wish her well in her retirement.”
SAS Daniels’ Personal Law team has been bolstered recently with two new appointments, Kerry Blackhurst and Victoria Timothy. These appointments have seen the Personal Law practice grow and the team now boasts ten solicitors and Diana’s clients will continue to receive an excellent service from this highly experienced team. Operating throughout Cheshire, the Personal Law team’s specialist expertise includes wills, trusts, estate planning, Lasting Power of Attorney and a range of other services relating to elderly care.