Co-op Legal Services has been named winner of best estate administration and probate services provider in the 2021 cfi.co awards.
Head of Regional Probate Operations, Manchester
Ciara Phillips, TEP is a senior Probate Solicitor at Co-op Legal Services based in Manchester.
Ciara writes of herself,
“Since the year before qualification, I’ve known that I want to work in this area of the law. I have spent the majority of my career either assisting people who have lost capacity to manage their own affairs through injury or illness or administering deceased estates. I find that dealing with people as they prepare for the end of life and then assisting their families after death to be very rewarding. It is inevitably a difficult time and having professional help can often relieve the burden of administrative matters."
"Co-op Legal Services offer an alternative approach to estate administration. It’s great to work in an environment that is developing in line with market demands and providing solutions that more conventional law firms are not always equipped to offer."
“I am committed to finding the most practical solutions for the difficulties families often face in dealing with the estate of a deceased person.”
Ciara is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). You can recognise a Full Member of STEP by the letters ‘TEP’ (Trusts and Estates Practitioner) after their name.
Ciara obtained a BA in Sociology & Social Policy from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003. She then completed a conversion degree to Law at Queen’s graduating in 2005. Ciara attended The College of Law, Chester graduating from the LPC with distinction in 2006.
Ciara completed her training contract with a law firm in the North West between 2006 and 2008 and remained at the firm for two years after qualifying as a Solicitor. Ciara spent three years at Slater and Gordon Lawyers and a year at Birchall Blackburn Law before joining Co-op Legal Services in 2015.
When not working
Ciara enjoys travel and the outdoors and says,
“As often as I can, I explore the Lake and Peak Districts and the Yorkshire Dales for new campsites and long walks that lead to nice pubs.”