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Law firm Ashfords LLP is delighted to announce that Katie Webber, Senior Associate in the Disputed Wills and Trusts Team, has qualified as an Accredited Legal Representative (‘ALR’) for vulnerable clients under a newly developed Law Society scheme. Katie is based in the Bristol office and leads the firm’s Court of Protection Team.
Katie is Ashfords’ first ALR and the specialist accreditation sees her added to a panel of Court of Protection experts who will be appointed directly by the Court to act for mentally incapacitated clients in certain categories of proceedings. Katie’s role further strengthens the firm’s highly-reputed private client offering which has recently been nominated in the “Best Contentious Wills and Probate Team” category of The British Wills and Probate Awards 2019, which celebrate excellence within the Wills and Probate industry.
Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2019 as a star associate, Katie is one of only 12 ALRs for the Court of Protection’s South West region, which includes Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire. The stringent accreditation process involved a two day course followed by a paper based application and an assessment interview.
Kerry Morgan-Gould, Partner in the Disputed Wills and Trusts Team at Ashfords LLP commented: "Katie is a tremendous asset to the firm - I'm delighted to congratulate her on this fantastic achievement."
Katie Webber said: "I am thrilled to receive the accreditation and to have been appointed to the panel – we should start to receive further instructions as a result of this appointment over the next couple of weeks."