Solicitor Scoops National Award

Laura Baker, a solicitor in our growing specialist Insolvency team, scored the highest marks of any lawyer in the country sitting the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB) 2013 examination.

The results were published in March 2014 and Laura was awarded the Insolvency Lawyers' Association Prize for the highest mark by a lawyer as well as making her eligible to become a fully qualified and licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

Laura said: “The JIEB is a very challenging examination and I was just pleased to have passed the exams at my first attempt. The hard work has paid off and I am delighted to have won the Insolvency Lawyers' Association Prize”.

Out of the 261 candidates who sat the examinations in 2013 only 51 people passed all 3 papers and there were no successful solicitors in the 2012 exams.

Laura has specialised in insolvency since qualifying as a solicitor in 2007 and is a key member of Turner Parkinson's insolvency team. She is also on the committee of the newly formed R3 North West New Professionals Group.

Laura said: “Studying for the JIEB has enabled me to better understand the role of Insolvency Practitioners and has improved my practical knowledge to ensure that I am able to offer even more comprehensive advice to my clients”.

The department is headed up by Mark Lund, who is also dual qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner. “Laura's efforts and determination were appropriately recognised with this national award. The firm has a strong reputation for investing it its lawyers and Laura's success demonstrates the strength and depth in the insolvency team”.

Turner Parkinson is looking forward to continued growth in its insolvency and recovery expertise over the coming 12 months as the economy and market continues to be challenging one for both Insolvency Practitioners and company directors to navigate.