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Prettys Solicitors Ipswich

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Family businesses

We understand the personal and commercial challenges faced by family owned businesses including farming partnerships. Our experienced business solicitors regularly advise clients in the Ipswich, Chelmsford, Suffolk and Essex areas on matters such as estate planning, succession planning, property relief, inheritance tax, business structuring and strategy, pension trusts and employment issues.

Every family owned business is unique, so our first step is to understand not only your business but also its values, culture and what your family want to achieve from it.

Prettys is a member of Galexy, the international association of lawyers.

Please get in touch: call us on 01473 232121, request a call back or email us.

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Zöe Hodge

Partner and Head of Estates

e zhodge@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298304

Mary Felgate

Secretary

e mfelgate@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298364

Zöe Hodge

"Partner Zöe Hodge is Prettys’ Head of Estates and has over a decade’s experience of wills, estates, tax and trusts. Zöe was described as a “leading individual” due to her work in tax succession planning for individuals, businesses and agricultural clients."

Legal 500 2017

 

Zöe is a Partner in the Estate Planning department and has over ten years’ experience in Wills, Estates, Tax and Trusts having trained at a local firm. She joined Prettys in October 2007 and was promoted to Partner in May 2013 and is Head of the Estate Planning department.

Zöe advises on all aspects of private client work including Wills, probate, the administration of insolvent estates, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications, care fee planning advice, inheritance tax planning, trusts and contentious probate matters.

Zöe is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) following her successful completion of a post-graduate diploma. STEP is the leading professional body for trust and estate practitioners worldwide and full members are considered the most experiences and senior practitioners in the field of trusts and estates.

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Kelly Sayers

Consultant

e ksayers@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298291

m 07887 781923

Jacqueline Cassidy

Secretary

e jcassidy@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298348

Kelly Sayers

"Head of Employment, Kelly Sayers was singled out by one client for her highly commendable expertise and Matthew Cole and Vanessa Bell were noted for their handling of high value holiday pay claims. ’"

Legal 500 2017

 

I qualified with a firm of solicitors with offices in London and East Anglia. I joined Prettys on qualification as a solicitor in 2002. I became a Partner in 2008 and Head of Employment Services in 2011. I retired from the Partnership in March 2019 and now work as a Consultant.

I advise clients on the full range of HR and employment related issues including managing difficult employees, defending complex Employment Tribunal claims, advising on redundancy and restructuring exercises, and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. I also advise on polices and procedures and undertake training to manager, HR teams and directors on a range of employment subjects.

Over the years I have developed a particular expertise advising Church of England Dioceses on a range of HR and clergy related matters. I am also very experienced in conducting complex investigations as well as grievance and disciplinary hearings.

I work for organisations across a variety of sectors including healthcare, logistics, leisure, construction, engineering, manufacturing, financial services and energy. My clients include large multinationals, NHS Trusts, local authorities and charities as well as family owned businesses and start-ups.

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Outside of work, I am a busy mum of two young children and enjoy spending my time with family and friends.

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