James Brighton joined the team in January as team support assistant, he is primarily based in Diss but supports the team across all 3 offices and Emma Willison joins as a new Private Client Solicitor, based in Norwich. James and Emma both join from respected regional law firms and bring a wealth of client care and legal experience.
James will be the first point of call for many of the department’s clients, providing first-class client care, while assisting fee earners across all aspects of the private client law. While assisting the team, James is also studying for his Level 3 CILEx qualification with a focus on the Law of Wills and Succession and Probate Practice.
Emma moved to Norfolk in 2016, joining a regional law firm as a paralegal prior to commencing her training contract, qualifying as Private Client Solicitor in 2018. Emma’s Private Client case load and experience is varied, she regularly advises clients on Wills, Inheritance Tax, estate planning, probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications.
Emma’s work highlights include:
- Assisted with an estate worth over £10 million where the main asset was farmland;
- Applications to the Court of Protection which include applications to appoint both financial and personal welfare deputies, application to remove incapacitated trustees and the appointment of trustees under s.36 of the Trustee Act 1925;
- Estate planning involving high net worth clients;
- Preparing complex Wills which involved foreign assets and the inclusion of Trusts.
In welcoming Emma and James to the team, Robert Hickford, Director said ‘We are delighted to welcome both James and Emma on board. As we hope to be heading out of lockdown, Steeles will have more than doubled the size of its private client team despite the pandemic, through a combination of internal development and these targeted external recruits, which is testament to the excitement and drive coming out of the team.
Our strategy through this pandemic of recruiting excellent practitioners with local area knowledge across all disciplines is really starting to pay dividends. By strengthening our established reputation in Diss and surrounding areas we are starting to make a real splash in the Norwich private client scene. It’s a really exciting time to be at Steeles, and I am really pleased Emma and James agreed to join us to help us continue to drive forward!’
If you would like to find out more about the legal services Steeles Law can offer for you and your business, please call 01603 598000 or complete the ‘Get in touch’ online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you.
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