Latimer Hinks solicitor Elizabeth Armstrong has achieved the highest mark in the country in a professional qualification exam.
Elizabeth, a senior solicitor in the private client department, has been awarded the Avery Jones medal for the candidate with the highest mark in the Chartered Tax Adviser Application and Interaction paper.
Elizabeth, who lives near Stockton, came top out of 382 candidates who sat the paper and was one of only two to be awarded a distinction.
A graduate of Durham University, Elizabeth who also studied at the College of Law, has worked for Latimer Hinks since 2005
Anne Elliott, a Partner at Latimer Hinks, said: At Latimer Hinks, we are proud of our staff and encourage them to progress by furthering their knowledge.
For Elizabeth to achieve the highest mark in the country for this demanding exam paper is testament to her hard work and dedication.
She is well on her way to achieving Chartered Tax Adviser status, and this, combined with her legal expertise, means she will be able to support clients in the widest range of lifetime planning issues.
Elizabeth said: I put in a lot of hard work to achieve the award and am very proud it has paid off. To be awarded the medal for the highest mark in one of the papers is a great honour.