South Coast Law firm Steele Raymond has welcomed highly experienced Contentious Probate Solicitor Louise Maidment to its growing team in Bournemouth.
Louise joins Steele Raymond as a partner after six years with Keystone Law and brings 15 years of contentious wills and probate experience to a Private Client team which has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years.
Not entirely new to the firm, having trained in London, Louise spent five months at Steele Raymond as a newly qualified (NQ) solicitor in 2003, leaving only to be closer to home and to her family.
Speaking on her return, Louise said:
“It’s absolutely wonderful to be back at Steele Raymond. I have kept an eye on the firm and its growth over the years and always thought there was the potential to explore a return – I have seen many brilliant solicitors, who I know and respect, make the move before me.
“I am thrilled to see the progress that has been made in the 18 years since I left, and it is amazing to see so many prominent women within the organisation, including a female Managing Partner.”
“The number of people who remain at the firm is really great to see. There are solicitors here who were trainees when I left, but who are now partners and leaders within the firm – this is a sure sign of a fantastic culture and a law firm with the right approach to people and their development.”
Alongside her many years of contentious probate experience, Louise is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), an organisation for solicitors, barristers and legal executives who specialise in contentious trust and probate work.
John Andrews, Partner and specialist in disputed wills, probate and trusts at Steele Raymond, welcomed Louise to the firm, saying:
“Louise has excelled in her career since her time with Steele Raymond as an NQ and we are fortunate to have a solicitor of her calibre and experience back with us. She will be an important part of our growing private client offering.”
Speaking on the current outlook for contentious trust and probate law, Louise said:
“Awareness around contentious probate has definitely been growing for a few years now and claims for financial provision (when an individual has been omitted from a will), are becoming increasingly common.”
Finally, Louise expressed her hopes for the future at Steele Raymond, commenting:
“I’m looking forward to really feeling like a part of the firm again. Ultimately, I’m aiming to reach a point at which I can grow the contentious probate team and help to build on the firm’s private client offering.”