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“… it is extremely reassuring to know that we have the support of such an experienced and understanding solicitor” Mrs D, London
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Stephanie is a highly regarded senior associate within our private client team. Assisting and advising clients across Leeds and Yorkshire on a diverse range of legal issues from wills and incapacity to inheritance tax planning and wealth management.
“Often having to deal with difficult and sensitive personal matters, I pride myself on being able to communicate sensitively and openly with people. Whether it be the elderly, the recently bereaved or local business men and women, I strive to ensure that my clients feel comfortable with me, and can discuss their affairs freely and honestly in ‘plain English’.
“I have the advantage of being able to carry out a variety of work and am experienced in all areas, including wills and powers of attorney, complex tax planning and estate administration. I also work closely with our contentious probate colleagues when trusts and estates become litigious. I undertake home/site visits if required and make regular applications to the Court of Protection for Deputyship appointments to enable ourselves or family members to administer the financial affairs of individuals who sadly no longer have the capacity to do so.
“I am a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly network and assist in the administration of the affairs of those clients for whom we act as attorney and deputy. I have presented various talks to the local community (including charities, care homes and local authorities) on subjects such as elderly client legal affairs, talks to carers, pre-retirement planning and mental capacity.
“Together with my colleagues at Clarion I support many local elderly people’s charities, carer’s charities and hospices. In 2014, after completing the necessary exams for the diploma, I became a fully qualified member of STEP (Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners).”
In March 2013 Stephanie was awarded the Leeds Law Society President’s Award - the award celebrates any solicitor who has been qualified for less than three years and has made an outstanding contribution to Leeds’ legal services. Stephanie was presented with the award by Philip Jordan, president of Leeds Law Society, who praised her for having a ‘remarkable attitude to people who are infirm or ill’ and a ‘massive pride in the profession’.
- 2006 University of Leeds, awarded first class degree in Law LLB
- 2009 Legal Practice Course completed at BPP, Leeds, awarded a distinction
- 2008 Trainee solicitor at Clarion
- 2010 Qualified as an associate solicitor
- 2011 The Administration of Trusts exam, awarded a distinction
- 2014 Completed the STEP diploma in Trusts and Estates with a distinction overall
- 2016 Promoted to senior associate