Partner Chat – Advisory (June 2016)
In this month’s Partner Chat, the Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day team caught up with Anne Lewis, partner in the Advisory Group.
Anne acts as a trusted adviser, helping people to make strategic decisions about wills, trusts, minimising tax, succession planning for businesses and dealing with mental capacity issues.
- Outside of work, I can usually be found…
Flying the flag for Cripps Pemberton Greenish in all sorts of different ways. I am also a trustee of a local charity, Kent Friendz, which offers support and services to people with learning disabilities, their families and carers and have regular trustee meetings to attend. Then in any spare time left you can find me playing racket ball (a bit like squash but with a bouncier ball and great fun) or out on the water practising my skills as a Yachtmaster.
- Favourite film
I like watching films but my real pleasure is listening to classical music. My husband and I reckon that “March to the Scaffold” from Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique is “our song” since this was played at the concert where we first met.
- Describe your role and area of expertise
Over my years in practice, I have developed a role as trusted adviser to many clients who see me as their first port of call when they need legal, tax or other strategic advice. Having qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser I have a special interest in tax planning, particularly around inheritance tax and trusts. Also, as a court-appointed deputy and a committee member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners special interest group on mental capacity, I have an interest in this area as well.
- What do you find most interesting about your work?
The variety is amazing. I am never quite sure what I will face when I come into work each day. I love the intellectual challenge and the ability to make a difference by using the variety of analytical, technical and people skills I have acquired over the years. Ultimately it is all about people, and that’s what makes it most interesting.
- What inspired you to pursue a career in law?
Not my careers teacher! She had never come across someone who was interested in a career in the law. There is a family story that my grandfather was interested in training as a solicitor, but could not afford to work with no pay or to pay for the cost of the pencils he had to acquire and so he went on to own a corner shop instead. He was really chuffed when I qualified as a solicitor.
- In your opinion, what makes a good trainee solicitor?
An enquiring mind, enthusiasm, and attention to detail, particularly getting the client’s name right!
- What makes Cripps Pemberton Greenish, Cripps Pemberton Greenish?
The ability to recruit bright people; the friendly atmosphere; the virtuous circle of having a good reputation which attracts good quality work which in turn enhances our reputation; and finally our enthusiasm for constant improvement.