Local law firm Hewitsons has received reaccreditation as a platinum member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), an achievement only a select group of British law firms have achieved, positioning the firm as a recognised expert in its field.

This achievement adds to other recent plaudits for the firm, which has offices in Cambridge, Northampton, Milton Keynes and London, including having been named by The Times as one of the UK’s best law firms 2021.

Hewitsons once again achieved impressive results in the Legal 500 guide this year, as the law firm continues to shine in key practice areas across East Anglia, the East Midlands and the South East. The annual publication ranks UK law firms and solicitors based on the results of extensive research, including client feedback interviews.

Earlier this year, partners Denise Wilkinson and Charles Hewitson were also inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, placing them among an elite group of individuals at the top of their respective practice areas.

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which launched in the UK in 2018, highlights those who receive ‘constant praise by their clients for continued excellence’ and are at ‘the pinnacle of their profession’.

In addition, the corporate team at city law firm Hewitsons won a prestigious award in the Cambridgeshire Law Society Legal Excellence Awards. Partner in the corporate team Laurence Evans, himself recognised as a ‘next generation lawyer’ in Legal 500 Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2020, accepted the award on behalf of his team at a ceremony on Thursday 18 June.

STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning.

It works to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promote education and high professional standards among its members.

STEP members help families plan for their futures, from drafting a will to advising on issues concerning international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving.

Full STEP members, such as Hewitsons, are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

Head of private wealth Daniel Curtis said: “The firm’s commitment to putting ‘Absolute Client Focus’ at the forefront of everything we do is evident in this, yet another award for the high-achieving professional team at Hewitsons.

“STEP is a global professional body which comprises lawyers, accountants, trustees and other practitioners that help families plan for their futures.

“STEP provides confidence to families by setting standards, training and educating its members, and consistently maintaining those standards. As a STEP member, Hewitsons is internationally recognised as an expert in the field of family inheritance and succession planning, and we are proud to have achieved reaccreditation gain this year.”

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