Motor trade law firm Lawgistics is in mourning after the death this week of 30-year-old senior legal adviser Stephanie Strachan.
She had worked at the Cambridgeshire-based law firm since 2015, after barrister training at City University and a law degree at the University of Hull.
She leaves behind her husband Jamie Strachan, who works at AM100 motor retailer Vindis Group, and their two young children, Pippa and Myles.
Stephanie, who was born with a heart condition, died on Monday after being admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties.
Her colleague Philip Strickland paid public tribute to her, noting that she had quickly established a reputation as a hard-working, thorough, professional colleague who was popular with clients.
"All at Lawgistics will greatly miss her warmth, infectious smile, laughter and wise counsel," Strickland added.
‘While Stephanie always was able to tailor her advice to match the client’s needs, she never compromised or flinched from difficult issues, and was able to distil complex matters into palatable and easily understood advice."
Prior to joining Lawgistics, she had worked at the Citizens' Advice Bureau, first as an adviser then as a supervisor, and it was here that she gained experience of trading standards, employment and consumer protection law which made her "an ideal fit" for Lawgistics, he said.
It is the second tragedy for Lawgistics in 2020. In July its founder and managing director David Coombes died, aged 72, following a lengthy battle with ill health.