Basildon-based Marissa McKenzie, a Solicitor at rapidly-expanding South Essex law firm Palmers Solicitors, has recently passed a challenging exam as part of her ongoing efforts to attain one of the most comprehensive qualifications in the trusts and estates field.
Marissa, who works in the firm’s Wills and Probate department, is pursuing a STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates in England & Wales, and has now successfully passed the Administration of Estates module.
The STEP Diploma comprises of four modules which must be completed over a period of two years before a full qualification can be granted.
Having already completed two modules so far – including the Administration of Estates and Trusts and the Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation modules – Marissa is currently gearing up to tackle her third exam later this year.
The module Marissa is studying for concerns the Taxation of Trusts and Estates, which is commonly considered to be one of the toughest modules of all four to complete.
Commenting on her ongoing efforts, Marissa said: “The STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates is a prestigious yet incredibly difficult qualification to achieve and I will be studying hard over the coming weeks in order to tackle this next module.
“I am determined to extend the service offering Palmers Solicitors is able to provide to its clients and it is reassuring to know that I have the support of the firm to complete the STEP Diploma.”
Lee McClellan, Partner at Palmers Solicitors, added: “Everyone at Palmers is extremely proud of Marissa and the commitment she has shown towards both the firm and to upscaling her own qualifications.
“We would all like to wish her the very best with her next exam.”
Palmers Solicitors places much value on the notoriously difficult STEP Diploma qualifications, and has previously supported other solicitors such as Jonathan Saunders, Associate Solicitor at the firm’s Basildon office, with their efforts to obtain such accolades.