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30 Years Career Development With Franklin & Co.

To work for the same firm for 30 years demonstrates loyalty and dedication. Catherine Lovett joined Franklin & Co. Solicitors in Bakewell in July 1991 as a legal secretary. She had the drive and confidence to develop her career by training to become a Legal Executive, being admitted in 1997 as a Member and in 1999 as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives. Following her marriage to Adrian in 1998 she has been known as Catherine Anderson.

Franklin & Co. is a general legal practice with a focus on property and private client work, serving the town of Bakewell and its surrounding villages in the Peak District, with clients also in Sheffield and throughout Derbyshire.

Catherine specialises in Wills, Probate, Trusts and Powers of Attorney, having also worked in Conveyancing. Some clients will remember her dealing with the sale or purchase of their house.

Catherine is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), having been awarded their Diploma in 2008. She has acquired further understanding of issues that concern older clients through becoming an accredited Member of Solicitors for The Elderly (SFE). Both STEP and SFE are communities of specialist practitioners which offer training courses and opportunities to discuss issues. Catherine has also received the SFE Older Client Care in Practice Award.

Catherine's involvement in both STEP and SFE has helped Franklin & Co. to offer a comprehensive private client service. The firm has grown over the past 30 years, having moved to new premises at Town Hall Chambers in 2003 and expanded organically through repeat business and word of mouth. The specialist work done by Catherine has been a major part of this expansion.

Clients find Catherine easy to talk to, and appreciate her friendly yet professional manner. It is in the nature of her work that she often deals with clients in situations that are emotionally difficult. She shows empathy and understanding as well as guidance and a way forward.

Catherine has taken on years of study to gain her qualifications whilst continuing to do her job, and also finding the time to raise a family. Her two sons are now at university and in last year of school respectively. She has had the energy and been able to organise her time to manage all these demands.

Franklin & Co. consider themselves fortunate to have had Catherine as a key member of their team for the past 30 years. They are delighted that she has been able to develop her career and fulfil her ambitions within the firm. They have shown their appreciation and celebrated her achievements by holding an evening dinner for her at The Woodyard restaurant in Bakewell, where she was joined by colleagues past and present.

Lasting Power of Attorney Registration Fee Refunds

Did you make (and register) a Lasting Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017? If so, you can claim part of the registration fee back directly from the Office of the Public Guardian. Please see www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney-refund for further details. If we dealt with this for you, you will have been sent a copy of your LPA, which you will need to complete the application.