Solicitors in Essex, Colchester, Chelmsford, London – Fisher Jones Greenwood

FJG becomes only Colchester law firm with members on the Equity Release Council

26 April 2019 by Rebecca Webber

Rebecca Webber
FJG Members on the Equity Release Council L-R Claire Martin Susanne Grimwade Sarah Rankin Amy Burton Andrea Godfrey

We are pleased to announce two further appointments to the Equity Release Council – the main industry body for the Equity Release sector. The latest appointments take the total number of Equity Release specialists to five across the firm’s offices in Essex; and also positions FJG as the only law firm with Equity Council Members in Colchester.

The Council ensures consumers are treated fairly, and in line with best practice by service providers; when taking out an Equity Release product. Put simply, Equity Release refers to the products which allow you to access the capital tied up in your home; if you are over the age of 55. A solicitor is needed in this process to advise the individual on the implications of Equity Release. It also ensures that all eventualities have been thoroughly considered. A solicitor is also required to facilitate the completion of the Equity Release for the client.

Equity Release Council Members

FJG have five members on the Equity Release Council; Susanne Grimwade, Andrea Godfrey, Amy Burton, Sarah Rankin and Claire Martin. Being members of the Equity Release Council gives these individuals access to knowledge, training and events for the Equity Release sector; ensuring the most up to date expertise. This means the public can feel secure and safe when choosing a council member to lead and advise them in this tricky area.

FJG is the only law firm in Colchester to have members on the Equity Release Council; and is also one of few law firms in Essex with members. The council was formed over 25 years ago, and today boasts 300 member firms and 900 individuals nationwide.

Susanne Grimwade, Partner and head of the Wills, Life Planning and Probate department at FJG commented, “I am proud my colleagues and I have been recognised by the Equity Release Council. We understand Equity Release is a big step for our clients to take; it can make them feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to get help. We hope our membership will solidify FJG as their preferred choice when choosing their Solicitor”.

Paula Fowler, Managing Partner at FJG added, “We pride ourselves on our expertise and aim to offer the best possible service from a law firm. With five of our employees being members of the esteemed Equity Release Council, this upholds our firm’s values”.