The Private Client team at law firm Balfour+Manson has been awarded STEP Gold Employer Partner accreditation, in recognition of its specialist skills in inheritance and succession planning.

STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. It works to improve public understanding of the issues that families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards to its members.

The award is the second of three levels awarded under STEP's Employer Partnership Programme, platinum being the highest. The programme sets out benchmarks for organisations for employee learning and development to help employers maximise the learning of their STEP members.

Karen Phillips, partner in the Private Client team at Balfour+Manson, commented: "Balfour+Manson being awarded the Gold Employer Partner STEP accreditation is a brilliant endorsement of the firm as a whole, but more specifically our Private Client team. It demonstrates to clients that we offer the highest level of expertise in areas of law that can have a profound impact on their lives.

"We place a huge emphasis on learning and development and helping our own people be the best they can be as they develop their careers. This accreditation is recognition of the supportive culture that exists within our Private Client team and also across the firm."