Lupton Fawcett joins elite as it STEPs up to Platinum Partner accreditation
Law firm Lupton Fawcett, which has offices in Leeds, York and Sheffield, has been awarded STEP Platinum Partner accreditation, in recognition of its staff training and development.
Having achieved Gold status last year, Lupton Fawcett has now been awarded the highest level awarded by STEP, the global professional association for practitioners specialising in family inheritance and succession planning, which has more than 20,000 members across the world.
STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting wills to issues surrounding international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving. Full members are known as TEPs.
Commenting on the reasons behind Lupton Fawcett’s Platinum Partner award, Jenni Hutchinson, STEP’s Head of Employer Partnerships, said, “Lupton Fawcett has to be commended on implementing some excellent initiatives and developments including a new associates group and strengthening its diversity policy. It is also pleasing to hear about the corporate social responsibility activities now in place and the resultant ‘buzz’ in the firm as new initiatives are introduced. There is clearly excellent support, provision and encouragement for STEP members and it is great to see that learning and development has been included on the board agenda, thus demonstrating the importance to the firm.”
Amanda Simmonds TEP, a senior associate at Lupton Fawcett, serves on STEP’s International Council and was also part of the STEP Business Families Special Interest Group Steering Committee. Amanda has been a member of the STEP Yorkshire Branch committee for more than 10 years, having served as Chair of the Yorkshire Branch until 2014.
Speaking about the award, Amanda said, “The whole of the Private Client law team, across our three Yorkshire offices, is extremely proud to be have been recognised by STEP, having impressed the awarding body with the initiatives we have put in place. This is an enormous achievement and endorses the expertise Lupton Fawcett has across all aspects of private client law.”
Picture L-R Hugh Thompson - Partner and Head of Private Client, Gemma Copestick - Senior Manager, Employer Partnerships STEP, Jonathan Oxley - Managing Partner, Amanda Simmons - Senior Associate, Private Client and Matt Page - Senior Solicitor, Private Client