My career with Smith Partnership began in 2005 after leaving Sheffield University. I initially worked as a Clerk for the firm until 2012. During that time, I studied part time for a graduate diploma in Law and the Legal Practical Course at Nottingham Trent University.
I became a Trainee Solicitor in November 2012 and, after extensive training with the Private Client Department, qualified as a solicitor in May 2014.
The bulk of my work involves the administration of estates and advising Executors as to what is required of them in that role. I frequently deal with complex estates, including those which require applications for business or agricultural relief, and have experience of foreign jurisdictional issues.
I deal with the preparation of Wills and the creation of trusts, including Declarations of Trust and Occupational Agreements. I also deal with transfers of equity, including property transactions and first registrations with the Land Registry. I have extensive experience of assisting clients with the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney and the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney. I also deal with applications to the Court of Protection for Deputyship Orders and act as a Deputy/Attorney for several clients.
Outside of work, I am married and have one daughter. I am a keen Derby County supporter and like being outside, particularly exploring Derbyshire and its cosy pubs. I enjoy playing both piano and guitar and can often be found watching a live music gig.
Luke at a glance
2005: Joins Smith Partnership
2006: Becomes a Legal Clerk
2007: Begins studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law