Craig Ward of Lundie
The Much Hon. Craig Ward of Lundie, the Baron of Lundie, is a solicitor and partner at Craybeck Law LLP. He is also a writer and researcher. He has an MSc from King’s College London and a BA(Hons) in psychology.
He is a member of the British Psychological Society and Solicitors for the Elderly. He is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator and conducts commercial and vulnerable adult mediations.
Craig is a regular speaker around the UK and internationally on mental capacity law, the Court of Protection, managing vulnerable adults, elder mediations, commercial incapacity law and legal compliance. He enjoys country walking, flute playing and scuba diving.
Thesis title: 'To investigate the decision making process as used by people aged over 65 resident in north London when choosing a health and care attorney for health and welfare lasting power of attorney (HWLPA) in England'
The process undertaken when choosing an attorney takes place within a legal environment by applying section 9 Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Code of Practice paragraph 7.8. This says, "A donor should think carefully before choosing someone to be their attorney."
This research takes a mixed-methods approach, with qualitative interviews followed by a quantitative survey. The qualitative part consists of asking 20 people (10 in each group) who have and not made a lasting power of attorney (LPA) about how they would choose an attorney. The quantitative part will ask 80 people (40 who have and 40 who have not made an LPA) about how they would choose an attorney.
The results will be combined for further analysis of the decision-making process of choosing an attorney. By asking people who have made an LPA and chosen an attorney, this is real-life experience and has real-life consequences if they choose inappropriately.
Whereas participants who have not made an LPA are choosing a theoretical attorney. Differences may emerge as to the processes used by participants in choosing attorneys. These results can then be used to assist the legal profession in the advice they give when a donor chooses their attorney.