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Thompson Smith and Puxon

STABLE 6, STABLE ROAD, COLCHESTER, CO2 7GL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01206 574431
Fax:
Fax 01206 563174
DX:
3617 COLCHESTER
Email:
Web:
www.tsplegal.com
Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester

Fiona Ashworth

Tel:
Work +44 (0)1206 217057
Email:
Thompson Smith and Puxon

Work Department

Wills and Estates

Position

Fiona, who qualified as a solicitor in 1999, joined the TSP Wills and Estates team in August 2014 as Team Leader. Fiona has extensive experience and advises clients on their Wills and succession planning, Powers of Attorney (Lasting Powers and the registration of Enduring Powers), the administration of estates, tax and trust matters and Court of Protection cases. She has developed a particular specialism working with elderly clients and her farming background (she grew up on a farm and is married to a farmer) has helped her to develop an agricultural client base. Since January 2016 Fiona M Ashworth Ltd, a company of which Fiona is a Director, has been a corporate partner in Thompson Smith and Puxon.

Career

Fiona, who was born in Colchester, has long established links with the town. Her Father, David Cannon, is a former Mayor (1998), and she attended Colchester County High School for Girls. She completed both her Law Degree and her Legal Practice Course at Anglia Ruskin University, before going on to train with a Colchester law firm. During her training Fiona worked in Wills and Probate and on “elderly client” matters and decided that this was the area of the law that she wanted to focus on. 

Fiona is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an independent national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. Fiona is also a qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues. STEP members help families to plan for their long term financial future, providing expert advice on how to comply with the often complex law and tax rules surrounding trusts, estates and inheritance. She is a past Trustee of the Essex Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and is also a council member of the Essex Agricultural Society.

Languages

English only

Member

Qualified Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)

Education

Colchester County High School for Girls
Anglia Ruskin University


South East: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

The 'thorough, efficient and reliable' private client department at Thompson Smith and Puxon 'exhibits a high degree of professional experience and capability' with 'a caring and considerate side' and a willingness to 'go the extra mile' in order to 'provide a comprehensive and timely service'. Focus areas include will preparation, probate, trusts, tax and succession planning, registering enduring powers of attorney, and Court of Protection matters, as well as asset preservation relating to long-term residential or nursing care requirements. A large proportion of clients have a business or agricultural background. 'Sharp-minded, sympathetic and hardworking' Fiona Ashworth, who 'has a wealth of experience', leads the practice from the Colchester office and is a main contact for elderly and farming clients. In October 2017, 'friendly and persevering' Robert Ashworth and 'conscientious, sympathetic and efficient' Aileen Hirst, who 'has a practical grasp of problems and solutions', joined Clacton-based Sarah White at associate level. Clients further recommend 'exceptionally professional and caring' solicitor Adina Milleare.

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