Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett has achieved Platinum Employer Partner accreditation for the second time from STEP – the worldwide body for professionals specialising in private client work.

STEP members are lawyers, accountants, financial advisors and other professionals. The organisation has more than 20,000 members around the world.

Platinum Employer Partner accreditation is the highest level awarded by STEP within its Employer Partnership Programme and is for three years. The Programme accredits trust and estate businesses’ learning and development provision.

Lupton Fawcett was awarded the accreditation in recognition of its initiatives which demonstrate the importance it attributes to staff training, career development and learning and development procedures.

Lupton Fawcett provides legal advice on all aspects of private client work including wills, trusts and estates; Lasting Powers of Attorney; Court of Protection; and personal tax planning advice particularly to families who hold interests in family run businesses.

Amanda Simmonds, senior associate in private client at Lupton Fawcett where she heads the Business Families team and is deputy worldwide chair of STEP, said: “Many of our private client team are members of STEP in recognition of its commitment to promote high professional standards among trust and estate practitioners. We are proud to have achieved the highest standard of this highly respected, global and multi-disciplinary body - the award endorses the expertise Lupton Fawcett offers across all aspects of private client law.”