Mike Cattermole TEP
Job Role at EMG
I am a solicitor specialising in wills, trusts, and estate administration. My role involves providing expert guidance to clients on matters related to estate and inheritance tax planning. I have had the privilege of handling a wide range of estates, ranging from the most straightforward to complex taxable estates, including those involving sensitive cases related to murder and manslaughter.
In addition to my role in estate and inheritance tax planning, I regularly advise clients on matters governed by the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This encompasses providing guidance on Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications, and a range of related issues. Within this area, I handle various applications to the Court of Protection, including the appointment of property and financial affairs deputies and requests for the removal of incapacitated trustees. This facet of my work is deeply fulfilling, as it allows me to contribute meaningfully to ensuring that individuals receive the necessary support and protection when they are unable to make decisions for themselves.
I bring to EMG a wealth of experience acquired through my legal journey. I began my career by training at a reputable firm in Sunderland, where I developed a solid foundation in private client matters. This early experience ultimately led me to qualify into their private client department in 2016. Since then, I have worked in Teesside and at a large regional Legal 500 firm in Newcastle before making the move to EMG Solicitors at the beginning of 2022.
One of the most fulfilling aspects of my role is assisting bereaved families through the probate process. I approach this responsibility with empathy and dedication, striving to provide clients with comprehensive support during what can be a challenging time in their lives.
In addition to my legal practice, I actively contribute to external professional organisations. I am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), where I also serve as the representative for the North East Constituency, covering North East & Cumbria, Yorkshire, and East Midlands, on the STEP England & Wales Regional Committee. In this capacity, I collaborate with fellow professionals across England & Wales to drive excellence and innovation in the field of trust and estate practice.
I am also a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and a Dementia Friends Champion.
What do you like about working at EMG?
One of the aspects I truly appreciate about working at EMG is the firm’s commitment to its values. EMG takes time to ensure that new recruits not only possess the necessary professional skills but that they also align with the firm’s values, ensuring that they will be a valued addition to any team both on a professional and personal level. It is an exciting place to work because you feel that your ideas can help shape the direction and practices of the firm and great importance is placed on creating an inviting working environment and recognising the contribution that each member of the team brings, regardless of their job role.
Outside of EMG?
Outside of work, I am a trustee of the charity North East Autism Society, a role that holds deep personal significance to me due to my son being autistic. This role allows me to actively contribute to an organisation that is very close to my heart and dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism.
I can also be found spending time with my son, which usually involves attending our favourite local landmark, Durham Cathedral. When I am not at the Cathedral, I enjoy time at the gym and buying gadgets. I am also, rather sadly, a huge fan of an Excel spreadsheet.
More recently, I have developed a keen interest in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). I am fascinated by how AI can transform various industries, including the legal field, by enhancing efficiency and providing innovative solutions. Exploring the possibilities that AI and new technologies offer is something I find both professionally and personally intriguing.