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A step up for Melissa

Clients of Napthens solicitors’ Rural team will have access to advanced advice on trust and estate issues after a specialist solicitor achieved a respected industry qualification.

Melissa Taylor, who works from the firm’s Blackburn, Penrith and Kendal offices, has achieved the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma with distinction.

The qualification develops a practical understanding of the law and procedures in relation to trust and estate administration and comprises four certificates; administration of trusts, administration of estates, taxation of trusts and estates and trust and estate accounting.

STEP is the professional association for those advising families on succession and estate planning.

Melissa, who grew up on a dairy farm, joined Napthens in 2009 as a trainee, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2011.

From the firm’s Blackburn, Penrith and Kendal offices, she advises individuals and businesses across Lancashire and Cumbria on issues affecting the rural and agricultural sector, including succession, Wills and estate planning, powers of attorney and partnership agreements.

Andrew Holden, head of Napthens’ Rural department, said: “This is an industry leading qualification which will benefit Melissa, her clients and the whole Rural team, increasing her knowledge and skills and strengthening the level of support on offer to clients.”