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Solicitor at Leicestershire law firm acquires prestigious professional membership

Leicestershire law firm Bray & Bray is celebrating the news that their Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate has satisfied the requirements for full membership of a leading worldwide professional body.

Andrew Hitchon, who is a partner at the Market Harborough office, has become a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a global association for practitioners in the fields of trust, estate and related issues. 

STEP members are recognised as the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field, capable of dealing with the most complex issues. Having membership is evidence of experience in assisting clients with drafting wills and trusts, including administering estates, acting as trustees and advising families on inheritance and succession planning. There are approximately 20,000 STEP members across 95 countries.

“I’m thrilled to become a full member of this prestigious professional body,” explains Andrew.

“The accreditation is a benchmark for quality in the legal sector and to become a full member in the UK is great. The course was extremely challenging, but all of the hard work has been worth it as I have expanded my knowledge and am now able to provide advice on specific complex issues.”

Andrew’s STEP application was based on a combination of demonstrating his specialist experience as well as completing a series of examined courses.

As a full member, Andrew will be able to use the post-nominal initials ‘TEP’ (Trust and Estate Practitioner) and be described as a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner.  Being a TEP is regarded within the industry as a mark of expertise, assuring clients of high levels of professional qualification and expertise.

“We are delighted by Andrew’s achievement which is no small feat,” comments Tim Gladdle, Senior Partner at Bray & Bray. “The area of wills, trusts and probate is exceptionally complex and this worthwhile and hard-to-attain membership will enable us to offer advice on a range of very specialised cases.“

Bray & Bray solicitors encourage all solicitors in the department to become fully accredited STEP members.  For more information about STEP membership go to www.step.org/for-the-public.

“It’s important to keep informed of changes in the law and how that could impact on our clients, so we are committed to ongoing professional development across all departments at Bray & Bray,” comments Andrew.


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