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Agriculture & Estates Solicitor promoted to Associate
Katie Gibson-Green, a member of the Agriculture & Estates team at Essex law firm Birkett Long, is celebrating after being promoted to Associate.
Katie joined the firm in 2014 and specialises in probate, wills, trusts, tax and succession planning. Private client work hasn’t always been an area she had given any consideration to, and it wasn’t until she completed her training contract that she considered it as a career. Katie said: “I loved it so much that I ended up doing a double seat, meaning I spent 12 months in the team as a trainee instead of 6 months.”
When starting at Birkett Long, Katie enjoyed the diversity of the private client work for our agricultural clients, and when the Agriculture & Estates team was created it was a good opportunity for her to focus on this area of expertise.
The Agriculture & Estates team at Birkett Long understands farming from a personal and professional perspective, taking into account that farming is more than a business and often a whole generational way of life. The dedicated team of specialist agriculture solicitors advises on all aspects of law relating to rural law, property and agri-business. The team can be on hand for any issues the client might face, and often work with a farming family from generation after generation. They ensure that they tailor advice to meet their client’s needs, and take into account their successors, wishes and aspirations.
Katie said: “My role is very client focussed, so if I am not in the office I am often driving down dirt tracts to find my clients’ farms! I get to meet lots of people, work with other professionals such as accountants and land agents, and also spend time at networking events. I split my time between our offices, so I get to cover most of Essex and Suffolk on my travels.
“Becoming an Associate means that the firm’s partners recognise the hard work and effort I put into my job, and that they see me as a part of the firm long term. My career is moving forward towards one day realising my ambition to become a partner.”
Katie is also a trustee of the Dacon Trust, which provides life skills for adults with learning disabilities. She said: “The trainees there gain genuine and purposeful work experience and training at the café, and I am very proud to be a part of the charity, which has a very exciting future ahead with the recent purchase of a new work space.”