Junior lawyer of the year 2018
Whitehead Monckton’s Bekka Fuszard was named Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Kent Junior Lawyers Division Annual Achievement Awards ceremony in Tunbridge Wells on 9 November 2018.
The judges praised Bekka for her positive contribution to her firm, local community and the legal profession through both paid and unpaid work and in particular her elderly client and dementia efforts.
Bekka studied Law at the University of Kent before completing the Legal Practice Course in Leicester. She commenced her training contract at Whitehead Monckton in 2015 and qualified into the Tax and Estate Planning department in 2017. Bekka assists clients with wills, inheritance tax planning, estate administration, powers of attorney, trusts and deputyships.
Within two months of qualifying Bekka successfully passed the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) Older Client Care in Practice Award, followed a few months later by the SFE Older Client Law in Practice Award. Determined to be a technical specialist in her chosen area of practice, Bekka has also started the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) examination route and hopes to obtain full ‘TEP’ accreditation by the time she is five years qualified.
Passionate about dementia awareness and action, Bekka volunteers as a Dementia Friends Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society and regularly conducts information sessions for colleagues and the local community, encouraging others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia. By providing these information sessions to colleagues and increasing their understanding of dementia, she empowers them to assist those living with dementia (and their families) with their legal affairs.
Bekka is also an active member of the ‘Building a Dementia Friendly Maidstone’ group and supports local dementia friendly events. With the help of some of her colleagues, she is now looking after the social media for the group. These actions enhance her clients’ lives due to her knowledge of the local services and support available.
Her contribution to these dementia initiatives resulted in Kent County Council awarding Whitehead Monckton a ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly Organisation’ recognition badge earlier this year and she will continue to take forward the firm’s ‘Dementia Friendly Kent’ commitments over the coming years as the firm’s dedicated dementia lead.
Additionally, Bekka is a professional mentor for students at Kent Law School and part of the firm’s CSR team.
To learn more about Bekka you can see her profile here.