Laura takes another STEP up the ladder

Laura Eaves, a solicitor in the private client department at Stratford-upon-Avon based Lodders Solicitors, is celebrating an important exam success.

Ms Eaves was awarded a Distinction in the first stage of her Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) qualifications.

“I am very pleased,” she said. “The hard work is paying off.”

Choosing to follow a legal career after completing a Law and Business Studies degree, she joined Lodders as a trainee in 2006 and qualified in 2008.

A member of the Stratford-upon-Avon litigation team within the private client department, she specialises in contentious trusts, disputed estates and inheritance claims as well as general wills and probate work.

STEP is the professional body for the sector, providing members with a local, national and international learning and business network focusing on the responsible stewardship of assets. Full members are the most experienced and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates. To qualify four papers must be passed within four years of becoming a student member of the Society.

Senior partner David Lodder said: “It is always good to see young people progressing.

“Laura has a practical and efficient approach to her work while remaining warm and compassionate with clients, which are ideal characteristics for a private client solicitor.

“Always scoring highly in our customer satisfaction surveys, her talent for establishing good relationships with clients and her ability to see both sides of an argument particularly show their worth in her work as a litigator.

“Laura is a great credit to Lodders; I cannot speak highly enough of her.”