Sheffield solicitor appointment boosts private client team

Pictured are Suzanne Porter and Stephanie Chung at Sheffield’s Wake Smith Solicitors

Sheffield’s Wake Smith has boosted its busy private client team with the appointment of experienced solicitor Stephanie Chung.

Stephanie joins the established eight-strong team lead by director and head of department Suzanne Porter and is hoping to take advantage of her language skills to further links in the city.

Alongside her day to day role advising on Wills, Trust and Probate matters, Wake Smith hopes that as a fluent Cantonese speaker she can offer high quality legal advice to the growing Chinese community in Sheffield.

Stephanie said: “As a firm rooted in Sheffield, Wake Smith has acknowledged the need to offer quality advice to the Chinese community in Sheffield. Elderly issues including mental capacity, Power of Attorney and Wills can be a sensitive issue within this group, so I am keen to get referrals and show how Wake Smith can help.

“This is a really strong, enthusiastic team with some fantastic initiatives going on and long standing links to Sheffield. I have previously worked with two team members here already, Colleen Dooney and Annie Wright, and am really looking forward to teaming up with them again, and developing my role further.”

Suzanne Porter said: “Stephanie is a valuable appointment to our team and her dual language skills are an additional asset to Wake Smith.”

Stephanie joins from a niche private client practice in Sheffield where she assisted clients with estate administration, Inheritance Tax Planning, Wills and Powers of Attorney matters.

She completed a law and French degree at the University of Birmingham, and passed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law in Birmingham before qualifying in 2010.

Wake Smith’s Private Client team was highlighted in industry guide The Legal 500 as handling the full spectrum of non-contentious work with particular expertise in probate applications, estate administration, inheritance tax planning and will drafting. It also specialises in elderly client issues, power of attorney mandates and Court of Protection applications.

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