Dorset and Somerset solicitors’ firm Humphries Kirk has promoted three of its staff members for the new financial year.

Laura Staples and Chris Keenan have been promoted to partners at the firm, and Edward Green is now promoted to associate.

Laura, based at the Humphries Kirk solicitors’ office in Crewkerne, specialises in all aspects of private client law, including tax and trusts advice. She is a certified member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friend. Laura has a particular interest in advising clients and their families to manage their estates and deal with succession planning.

Working at the firm’s Wareham office, Chris qualified as a private client solicitor in 2007. He has a particular interest in current and retrospective applications for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding and residential care funding issues, and in particular disputes with local authorities and Social Services.

Edward, working out of the Humphries Kirk office in Poole, joined the firm in 2012, bringing with him more than eight years’ specialist experience in the social housing sector. He has acted for numerous registered providers at a regional and national level on property projects, acquisitions and disposals, development and site assembly, planning, construction, infrastructure and nominations.

Commenting on the promotions, John Chittenden, managing partner at Humphries Kirk commented: “Following last year’s successes, we’ve taken careful consideration into developing particular employees. Laura, Chris and Edward are outstanding members of the team and we are delighted to be able to promote them to senior positions.

“With eight offices across Dorset and Somerset as well as in London, Humphries Kirk is going from strength to strength. Along with our network of international lawyers, we are at the forefront of the legal sector and are pleased to be able to continue to offer an outstanding service to our clients on a range of commercial and private legal matters.”