Pictured left to right are: Danielle Higgins, Mark Hirst, Francesca Rigby and Tasneem Rahman

Law firm Bromleys has appointed a new head of its private client and Court of Protection teams and has recruited two more specialists as part of its ongoing expansion.

Associate solicitor Francesca Rigby has joined the Tameside practice to lead the private client and Court of Protection teams. Francesca focuses on a range of private client matters, including wills, probate and lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection work, trusts and elderly client administration.

As a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a global body of professionals who help families plan for their futures, she is recognised as an expert in the field of wills and probate.

Her Bromleys colleague Sue Darlington is the only other STEP member based in Tameside.

Francesca, who has joined Bromleys from Harold Stock & Co in Stockport, is also the only solicitor in Tameside to be a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Bromleys’ family team has been strengthened by the arrival of Danielle Higgins, who has joined the firm as an assistant solicitor.

Danielle deals with all aspects of relationship breakdowns, including divorce and civil partnership dissolution, separation, financial matters upon separation, children matters and injunctions. She has moved to Bromleys from Bridge Law Solicitors, based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, and Marple Bridge in Stockport.

Meanwhile, Tasneem Rahman has joined Bromleys as a paralegal in the Court of Protection team. She was previously a paralegal at a Manchester city centre firm.

Bromleys has embarked on a recruitment drive amid increasing demand for its services. The award-winning firm has in recent months added staff to its care proceedings and children services, corporate and commercial and family teams.

Senior partner Mark Hirst said: “Francesca brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the firm. She is extremely driven and has an empathetic yet pragmatic approach which ensures she has the best interests of our clients in mind when acting on their behalf.

“Danielle and Tasneem are great additions to the family and Court of Protection teams respectively. We are continually looking to expand and have positioned ourselves well with our extensive benefits package and career pathway scheme to attract new talent to the practice.”

Francesca said: “Bromleys is held in high regard across Tameside and the whole of Greater Manchester, so I had no hesitation in accepting the position of head of private client and Court of Protection.

“I’ve inherited two exceptionally well-run departments with two great teams and the future looks bright for both of them.”