Wards Solicitors’ Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity team has been recommended in the latest edition of the prestigious Legal 500 guide for 2017, an independent publication which recommends legal firms and individual lawyers based on merit.
The team, now one of the biggest in the South West, is praised for having ‘a clear set of processes which assist in ensuring client relationships are always kept up to date’. It is also singled out for its ‘helpful and appropriate information and advice’.
The team, led by partner Jenny Pierce, advises on tax planning, trust management, powers of attorney, mental capacity and asset protection with particular expertise in advising elderly and vulnerable clients.
Jenny’s knowledge is highlighted in the guide as ‘exemplary’ and clients praise her ability to ‘explain everything in a manner that is easily understood’. She brings a wealth of expertise to her role – in 2015 she was appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian’s prestigious Panel of Professional Deputies and is frequently appointed as a Professional Deputy for Property and Affairs, for vulnerable clients who lack capacity. She also has a STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable clients.
Tom Scoffham, Partner and office manager of Wards Solicitors’ Henleaze office, is also recommended by Legal 500 as ‘very efficient and knowledgeable’ whilst Solicitor Associate, Mary Harty, is recommended for the administration of trusts.