The range of services Shoosmiths' Wealth Protection team can offer has been enhanced with the recruitment of five specialist lawyers to bolster the firm's capabilities, ranging from appointments at partner, senior associate, associate and solicitor level.
Melissa Maple joined the firm as a partner mid-June 2016, working out of the Shoosmiths Thames Valley office in Reading. Melissa was previously a director & head of private client at Oxfordshire-based Hedges Law. Melissa is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP). She is joined by associate Louise Nelson, who worked alongside Melissa at Hedges Law and is also based in the Thames Valley office.
Melissa has been praised in the Legal 500 for her 'attention to detail, intelligence and delightful interpersonal skills which win her high praise and loyalty from both her clients and colleagues alike'. Between them Melissa and Louise bring considerable experience and expertise in advising wealthy business leaders and professionals on their personal affairs including Trusts, Wills, Inheritance Tax planning, creation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorneys, Court of Protection work, Administration of Estates and Tax.
Catherine Elliott joined Shoosmiths in April 2016 as a senior associate from Birmingham firm Clarke Willmott where she specialised in providing advice on Wills and Estate administration. Based in Birmingham, she will also cover the firm's Manchester office. Catherine is a full member of STEP and Solicitors for the Elderly and was one of the first people in the country to attain a STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients.
North of the border, Jamie Marwick joins as an associate in the firm's Edinburgh office. Jamie was previously with Balfour + Manson where he specialised in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration and Succession Planning.
Christopher Bull joins the team as a solicitor based in the Southampton office. Previously the first and only private client fee earner with Eric Robinson in the Winchester office, Christopher worked predominately with high net worth clients.
Commenting on this raft of new appointments, Charlotte Dunn national head of Shoosmiths Wealth Protection team said:
'I am particularly pleased to welcome Melissa to the team, but all these recent appointments reflect our determination to consolidate and enhance our growing national reputation in dealing with matters of concern to high net worth individuals, whether wealth is generated through inheritance or landed estates or businesses and investment. All of our new recruits have a proven track record of managing successful client relationships and I am certain they will make a valuable contribution to the services we can provide to our growing client base.'