Private Trusts and Estates Solicitor wins Kent Law Society award
A talented young solicitor at Furley Page has been announced as Junior Lawyer of the Year at the prestigious annual Kent Law Society Awards.
Melanie Christodoulou, Private Trusts and Estates Solicitor, was one of just four solicitors to be shortlisted for the award from those nominated across the county.
The Kent Law Society’s Awards, for the Junior Lawyer of the Year and the Outstanding Achievement Award, acknowledge lawyers whose professional activities over the past 12 months, whether paid or unpaid, were worthy of recognition.
Nominees were judged in a number of areas, including notable achievements, innovation and creativity, and the highest standards of professionalism.
Melanie, who specialises in Will drafting and inheritance tax planning, estate administration and Lasting Powers of Attorney, was nominated by Furley Page Partner Harvey Barrett, Head of Private Client, Trusts and Estates.
Harvey said: “Melanie is a deserving winner. I am delighted she won and am very excited about her professional future. She is a very talented lawyer. She combines a keen legal mind with a practical approach to problem solving.”
Melanie said: “I’m so proud and honoured that my legal community work with local universities, where I mentor eight students, has been recognised in this way. The win also recognises my cross-border development work within the Furley Page team.”
Nicola August, Partner and Head of the Vulnerable Client team at Furley Page, was also one of four lawyers to be shortlisted for the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Melanie is not the first Furley Page solicitor to lift the Junior Lawyer of the Year Award – Alexandra Gordon won the category in 2014 when the awards were inaugurated and the firm’s Naomi Hayward was shortlisted in 2015.
The winners of the awards, which attracted strong nominations from law firms across the county, were announced at the Kent Law Society’s annual dinner, held at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes last Friday (May 12).
Trophies were presented by Nick Paterno, Managing Partner of the award sponsor McBrides Chartered Accountants.
Nick said: “McBrides has been involved in judging these awards since their inception in 2014 and the quality of those shortlisted this year was exceptional. The judges had an extremely difficult task in differentiating between candidates, but in the end there was unanimous agreement that Melanie deserved to win Junior Lawyer of the Year.
“Our congratulations go to Melanie and we wish her all the very best of success in the future.”