Pic cap: Ifor Hughes, Alison Styler, Jan Thompson, Penny Dunscombe, Mandy Lane and Stephen Priest have clocked up an amazing 212 years service at Kerwoods Solicitors
For an experienced eye on legal matters, you couldn’t do better than commissioning leading Midlands law firm Kerwoods Solicitors.
Because just six staff have worked a total of 212 years between them at the historic Redditch-based company, which was launched back in 1880.
The most experienced of all are secretary Alison Styler and partner Stephen Priest, who both who started work at Davis Pipe & Co back in 1977.
That firm’s name subsequently changed to Davis Priest & Co and then merged with Kerwoods in 2011, meaning Alison and Stephen have now worked at the same company for 41 years.
The next longest server is secretary Mandy Lane who joined Kerwoods straight from college in 1980, 38 years ago.
Meanwhile Penny Dunscombe, another secretary, joined Richard Caley & Co in 1986 who then merged with Powleson, Caley & Bell in 1991, that company merging with Kerwoods in 2001, meaning that she’s worked at the firm for 32 years.
The experience spreads all the way to the top, with partner Ifor Hughes joining Kerwoods 32 years ago in 1985, followed in 1990 by fellow partner Jan Thompson, who’s now clocked up 28 years.
Mrs Thompson said: “We pride ourselves on building strong, longstanding relationships with our clients, driven by the experience we have here at Kerwoods.
“Legal matters can be quite complex, but most situations have been dealt with many times by several of us here at Kerwoods, bringing many decades of knowledge and understanding to clients’ legal affairs.
“This means we take a pragmatic approach, taking an overall view of what’s in our clients’ best interests, achieving results and resolving matters in the most efficient and professional manner.”
There are around 25 staff at Kerwoods providing a comprehensive range of legal services to individuals and businesses, from house sales to wills and estates, and from matrimonial and family issues to company and commercial law.
Mrs Thompson added: “Kerwoods’ success and growth over the years has been due to a high level of care, maintenance of professional standards, and satisfied and loyal clients who have recommended us to families and friends.
“This respected reputation has a lot to do with having such a talented team of experienced secretaries handling the diaries and administration.
“Their experience means everything progresses like clockwork beneath the surface, enabling us lawyers to focus on the finer points of law, making sure we are always up to date on the latest changes.”
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For further information, please contact:
Jan Thompson, Partner,
Kerwoods Solicitors, 7 Church Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4AD
Prepared and issued by Steve Dyson of ASAP PR, 0781 8004575.
Notes to Editors
Kerwoods Solicitors, established in 1880, provides a comprehensive service to both individuals and businesses in Redditch, Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands.