A STEP Forward for Plymouth Solicitor
Jonathan Hall, partner of Plymouth based law firm GA Solicitors, has been awarded the STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes, and is one of only a small number of people in the UK to have obtained the accreditation.
The advanced certificate is designed for experienced practitioners and addresses many of the variations involved in trust disputes, with a practical overview of the themes commonly encountered and the overarching principles. It is the first such qualification which looks at the area from a contentious angle and aims to provide an A to Z coverage of trust disputes.
The accreditation was launched in 2011 and so far only 200 people in the world have completed it, with just one third of these being based in the UK.
Jonathan Hall, a partner of GA with more than 20 years of experience, specialises in inheritance tax and trust planning, complex estate administration, care home funding and contentious trust and estate matters. “I am delighted to have completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes. The legal arena is an ever evolving one and all solicitors must continually develop their expertise and knowledge to be able to provide the best possible service to their clients.
“This advanced certificate further bolsters GA’s expertise in contentious trust and probate matters and allows us to manage any dispute situation to our clients’ best advantage. It will also help to anticipate and avoid the pitfalls which could lead to these disputes in the first instance. This extra knowledge, combined with my 20 years of experience, means that the level of service we can offer at Gill Akaster is second to none.”
Jonathan heads up the wills, trusts and probate department at Gill Akaster which includes two other full STEP members, a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), and a team of professional lawyers and support staff.
Gill Akaster currently employs 65 members of staff from its city centre office and includes seven specialist departments: commercial; residential conveyancing; employment; dispute resolution; personal injury; family and wills, trusts and probate.