Furley Page solicitor gains specialist qualification in cross-border estates

Melanie Christodoulou, Associate at Kent law firm Furley Page, has been awarded the STEP Excellence Awards for the highest-scoring student globally from the 2021 STEP Advanced Certificate in Cross-Border Estates.

STEP (‘The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’) is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning; its members are internationally recognised as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience.

The Advanced Certificate provides a detailed insight into the different issues that arise when dealing with cross-border estate planning and succession worldwide, including civil- and common-law systems and case studies from a diverse range of jurisdictions, including EU and non-EU countries.

Aaron Spencer, Partner and Head of the Private Client team at Furley Page, said: “Congratulations to Melanie for achieving such an outstanding result in this specialist qualification, which provides the benchmark in this area of legal practice. The STEP Excellence Awards only recognise the top-scoring students at distinction level (70% and above), placing Melanie among the best and brightest practitioners in her field.”

Melanie is a full member of STEP and in August 2019 she was awarded a Merit in the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates for England and Wales, which is internationally recognised for inheritance and succession planning. Melanie is also recognized and recommended in the Legal 500 for her expertise on personal tax, trusts and probate work.

For more information about the STEP Advanced Certificate please visit https://www.step.org/advanced-certificates/step-advanced-certificate-cross-border-estates

For advice and support about cross-border estates, please contact Melanie Christodoulou on mlc@furleypage.co.uk or call 01227 763939.