Latimer Hinks Solicitors now has one of the most highly qualified specialist private client departments in the North East. Another two members of its team, Daniel Williams and Nadine Kilvington, have recently qualified as full members of STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners specialising in wills, probate, the administration of trusts and estates, succession and tax planning.
The 14-strong team now has nine STEP qualified lawyers, with one more due to qualify later in the year. Membership is achieved through a combination of existing academic and professional qualifications, a series of technical exams and a minimum of two years practical experience – a path which in total can take several years to complete.
As part of its commitment to offering the highest levels of service and advice to its clients, the Darlington based company supports the lawyers within the team in undertaking the extra training required to secure full STEP membership. The objective is for Latimer Hinks to provide experienced, qualified lawyers and specialised legal services usually associated with city-based firms.
Anne Elliott, Chief Executive of Latimer Hinks Solicitors, who was one of the first members of STEP said: “Forward succession and tax planning is one of the most important things anyone can do and, to secure the best possible outcome for both themselves and their families, it is vitally important that the most relevant and knowledgeable advice is sought.
“The STEP qualification membership and the STEP continuing development programme ensures that our team is fully equipped to do just that. We have the knowledge, experience and confidence to ensure that our clients are reliably advised in even the most complex of matters.”
Daniel, a solicitor who has been with the firm for eight years, recently achieved a distinction in his final exam. He said: “Ultimately, in your professional training and development you want to attain the highest level. The experience of working at Latimer Hinks, coupled with obtaining full membership to STEP has, I hope, put me on the path to achieving this.”
Nadine, another solicitor who has been with the firm for ten years added: “The best thing about so many of us being full members of STEP is that it gives clients confidence in our ability to undertake private client matters to the highest possible standard. In the same way that clients wish to see a “hallmark” when instructing a plumber and electrician, with our qualification they can see that we are the best at what we do.”
Latimer Hinks solicitors offer the whole range of Private Client work, for more information visit: http://www.latimerhinks.co.uk/sector/you-and-your-family/