Two young lawyers are celebrating taking the top spots nationally in their professional exams. Lisette Macdonald, based in Worcester, and Tom Kirkhope, based in Cheltenham, are both taking advanced certificate exams relating to different aspects of trusts and estates.
Lisette gained a distinction and tied for first place with one other student in her exams (Advanced Certificate in Trust and Estate Accounting), while Tom achieved a distinction and the highest score for his course (Advanced Certificate in Taxation of Trusts and Estates). Both qualifications are overseen by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Both are associate solicitors working for individuals on issues such as wills, trusts and estate management. Tom said: The course has been really useful and I'm obviously delighted to have done so well. Senior colleagues in the firm advised me to do it, and although it has been challenging, I can already see how helpful it will be now and in the future.
Lisette said: I am very pleased to have done so well, of course, and am glad now to be fully qualified in this area of law. I've found the course of real practical use it covers issues I deal with day-to-day as well as more specialist areas.
Alex Taylor, head of the firm's probate department in Cheltenham, said: Lisette and Tom should be proud of their success; to achieve these results at a national level is excellent. As well as developing their careers, this will add to the expertise we offer our clients.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 400 staff and partners based at offices in Cheltenham, Worcester, the Wye Valley, Hereford, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, advanced manufacturing and construction.