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Wills | Probate | Trusts | Tax | Elderly Client

Specialist CPD Training, Articles & Consultancy

Wills | Probate | Elderly & Vulnerable Client | Trusts | Tax

Welcome to LawSkills – Learning & Development | Consultancy | Services for Private Client Teams

LawSkills delivers innovative L&D for Private Client Practitioners and is owned and managed by Gill Steel, one of the country’s most respected and compelling conference speakers on Private Client matters.

With more than 30 years specialist experience working in and for Private Client Departments we completely understand your business.

Our specialist training and consultancy business, founded in 2000, has been designed to help practitioners in the areas of Wills, Probate, Elderly & Vulnerable Client, Trusts and Tax.  What’s unique about our approach is that we provide insight into how you can adapt within an ever changing profession whilst managing a heavy case load and complying with regulatory changes.

Please note we do not provide legal advice to members of the general public.

Our Services

Training Courses

We offer a comprehensive range of training courses and modules that can be used for your in-house training programme or seminar.

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One To One Coaching

If you would prefer a more individual approach to consultancy then you can engage Gill for one-to-one coaching.

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With an MBA in Legal Practice Management, Gill can help you with challenges across the full spectrum of practice management.

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Gill is well known on the circuit as a knowledgeable and inspirational speaker and has spoken at over 800 events throughout the country.

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Course Design

To save you time and to draw on our specialist expertise, let us design a course for you, your law firm or your organisation.

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CPD for Private Client teams

When it comes to Continuing Professional Development, LawSkills is a specialist in Learning & Development for all Private Client practitioners.

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What you can expect from a LawSkills course

  • The course was excellent value for money when compared to the costs of other courses available, the overall course content, written materials provided, and the personal way in which the course was delivered, as opposed to large groups in a conference room.

    Hayley Lowis Wills, Probate & E&V Delegate
  • Gill was a delight to work with.  She has a thorough knowledge of her subject matter but explained it in a way which was easy to understand (even the dreaded tax element).  Gill also enjoys her subject matter which was reflected in a positive learning experience.  Highly recommend the course.  The course has given me the confidence to move forward to retrain in a new area of law.

    Tracey Watson Wills, Probate & E&V Delegate
  • Of the LawSkills webinar - Wills Made following 2nd Marriages the Wealth Team at Boyes Turner say ‘Yes clear and concise, we all thought it was very informative. We like their webinars’! ‘I thought it was excellent.  It covered my queries generally and raised things I need to probably be more aware of – potential conflict between a couple in their second marriage where both have children’.

    Wealth Protection Team Boyes Turner LLP
  • It was all very useful as it gave me an insight into Mental Capacity & Care Acts.  It gave me enough information to enable me to do my job better

    Tracy Roseblade Delegate from Mogers Drewett LLP
  • I approached LawSkills looking for some one-to-one coaching on trust law following a sabbatical from UK private practice. We arranged a Skype appointment where Gill explained the technical aspects of trust law and practice in a straight-forward and approachable style. I would recommend LawSkills to any private client lawyer who is looking for one-to-one coaching or training as it helped me really get to grips with trusts providing me with more confidence to handle clients' questions.

    Rachel Roche Roche Legal
  • Gill was a very interesting and eloquent speaker and easy to understand

    Serena Welch Delegate from Pearson Hards LLP
  • Digital Assets - a point we as a firm would have missed, good reminder.  Gill is always good! April 2016

    Martin Cooper BLB Solicitors
  • I thought the training was excellent.  The feedback from the team was very positive.  They all enjoyed the way in which the training was presented and found the day very informative. I would certainly use LawSkills again and hopefully there will be an opportunity to do so in the future.

    Nadine Jayes Moore Stephens LLP
  • The lecture was well received by all who attended, there was so much to take in, but Gill, as always, presented it in a way which makes it easier to grasp.  Her notes are also most comprehensive and helpful.

    Chris Howard on behalf of STEP Suffolk & North Essex
  • Informative, very interesting and useful for future practice. April 2016

    Jane Parker-Wisdom Jane Parker & Associates
  • Your course has really assisted my general understanding of trust’s and tax and provided me with a solid foundation to build upon. The notes you prepared have provided an excellent source of reference and your diagrams aided my understanding of a difficult subject to get my head around.  The ability to ask questions as they came up really help me learn as well.

    Stephanie Greaves (Trust taxation delegate) Robert Barber & Co
  • Thank you very much indeed for an excellent day which was very informative, challenging and helpful.  You also managed to make it "good fun"! July 2016

    John C H Gill Heptonstalls LLP, Solicitors
  • "The establishment of our in-house training programme was very easy because it required only limited input from us: identification of our objectives and a short discussion with Gill Steel. Gill came back with not only the topic agendas and aims but a proposal for delivery options to meet individual levels of expertise and simple methods for measuring those levels - before and after training. It was a great way to have the programme delivered and an effective approach to our staff’s mixed levels of experience."

    In-house training organiser for a large South Coast firm
  • I thought it was a really good session - she [Gill Steel] is a good speaker and the notes are a brilliantly concise and practical reminder of all the technical issues we should be considering when dealing with NRB trusts.  It actually covered a bit more than I expected.  Brilliant value for money!  2014

    Delegate to a STEP Branch event from Thomas Eggar LLP
  • “I have just read your article on the latest changes to the intestacy rules and I would like to congratulate you on the clarity and precision with which you explain the changes.  The article has proved extremely useful.  Many thanks for publishing it online”.

    Professor of English Succession (overseas)
  • As always, Gill provides excellent notes and useful tips in a practical and clear way. April 2016

    Penny Smith Belcher Frost Solicitors Ltd
  • As to quality versus quantity of CPD this is a bugbear since it becomes difficult for the seasoned practitioner to find enticing courses to go to.  Lawskills' ones are always terrific though!!!

    Peter Cox
  • The feedback from the team was very positive and I thought the training was excllent.  They all enjoyed the way in which the training was presented and found the day very informative.  I would certainly use LawSkills again.

    Nadine Jayes Director, Moore Stephens LLP
  • The well structured course notes, using a chronological timeline which brings in the relevant law and procedure at the appropriate time.  The notes should be a valuable ongoing companion and reference point too.  I felt the course was excellent.

    Dennis Phillips (Wills & Probate delegate) Mayo Wynne Baxter

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