Partner Christine Thornley at Gorvins Solicitors in Stockport has been highly commended in two prestigious award schemes for her innovative Power of Attorney campaigning.

She was recognised in the Solicitor of the Year, Private Practice category at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2014 and in the Solicitor of the Year category in the Eclipse Modern Law Awards.

The joint head of Gorvins Wills, Trusts and Probate team picked up the accolades at two black tie ceremonies in London held in the last two weeks (9th and 15th October respectively).

Both schemes celebrate the very best examples of good practice UK-wide.

Christine was honoured for her campaigning work tackling the widely-reported national crisis surrounding how the financial industry handles Powers of Attorney with customers.

She sparked debate around the issue, pioneered the introduction of training workshops for banking professionals to restore confidence and created a specialist advisory video for the sector.

Christine, along with her team, also hosts free advice sessions for the public to educate them on the importance of proper planning for the future.

Lorraine Lockie, Managing Partner at Gorvins, expressed how proud the firm was of Christine’s achievement.

“This is amazing national recognition for Christine. She has clearly demonstrated her drive in getting behind a serious issue and delivering benefit for a wide range of audiences.”

Accepting the award Christine said: “I am thrilled to get this recognition because it continues to shine a light on the importance of financial institutions getting Power of Attorney right as well as individuals understanding how to put the correct plans in place.”

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