Thompson Smith and Puxon is pleased to announce that its Private Client team have been nominated as finalists at the Private Client Modern Law Awards. Recognised in the ‘Private Client Team – Wills & Probate (16+ Solicitors)’ category, this achievement reflects the firm’s ongoing commitment to excellence.

The Modern Law Private Client Awards are among the most prestigious accolades in the legal industry, celebrating outstanding performance and innovation. This particular category celebrates those teams which offer specialist legal advice and outstanding client care whilst making a positive contribution to the sector.

With a rich history spanning centuries, TSP has established itself as a trusted partner for individuals and families seeking expert guidance in matters of wills, probate, and estate planning. The team consists of two Director / Partners, Senior Associate (Nicola Healy), two Associate Solicitors (Georgia Bolton and Adina Milleare), Solicitor (Helen Geldart) and a Trainee CoP ILEX Paralegal assisted by an experienced support team. Trainee Solicitor, Anisa Khan, was named Trainee of the Year at the LawNet Awards 2023/24 whilst working in the Private Client team.

The team are consistently recognised in the Legal 500 for their dedication to providing top legal services with Fiona Ashworth noted as a Leading Individual and Robert Ashworth and Nicola Healy named as Next Generation Partners. Both Fiona and Nicola are STEP qualified, with Nicola is also a dual-qualified Chartered Tax Adviser and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Georgia is a Professional Deputy for Court of Protection matters and is also fluent in Spanish, often helping expats and clients who have assets and property in Spain.

Providing a full range of services including estate planning, wills, lasting powers of attorney, inheritance tax planning, trusts and court of protection matters, the Private Client team are renowned for their expertise in complex and high value legal affairs. By working closely with the firm’s Commercial Teams, the Private Client team is able to take a holistic approach to its matters, delivering outstanding client care and providing tailored solutions to meet the unique needs of each client.

Recognising the unique legal challenges that farming families face, the firm have developed a specialism in succession planning, the complexities of land development, ownership and high-value, intricate inheritance tax planning. Renowned for their expertise in more complex and intricate legal matters, the team also undertakes work on complicated estates, specialising in providing support to diversified Agri-Business owners with high-value assets, multifaceted disputes and complex tax and trust matters. As specialists within the agricultural sector, TSP is the ‘go to’ law firm for the farming community and landowners across Essex, Suffolk and beyond.

Director and Head of Wills and Estates, Robert Ashworth, commented: “It is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by a fantastic team that is always prepared to go the extra mile for our clients. I’m truly proud of the remarkable journey the team has undertaken and the commitment they consistently display in delivering exceptional client care. I look forward to witnessing the team’s continued growth and success.”

The winners of the Modern Law Private Client Awards will be announced on 4 July 2024 at a Black Tie event taking place in The Rum Warehouse, Liverpool.