Thursfields’ top rural affairs solicitor appointed Vice Chair of the Country Land and Business Association’s Worcestershire committee

One of the Midlands’ top legal experts on rural affairs has been appointed as vice-chair of the Country Land and Business Association’s Worcestershire branch committee.

Jon Clifford, director of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs team at Thursfields Solicitors, is a seasoned litigator, acting mostly for farmers, land owners and rural businesses.

He will now work with other local business leaders in serving the County’s members of what is more commonly known as the CLA, which provides advice, rural representation and other services for its members.

Mr Clifford, who is also a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association and a member of the Property Litigation Association, said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to play a more formal role with the CLA, whose services are of real benefit to rural businesses.

“Here at Thursfields, we have a clear understanding of rural business clients’ unique needs, and we offer a practical approach, be it towards buying or selling farms, advising on rural leases, assisting with matrimonial issues, offering tax advice and succession planning, or sorting out disputes, often managing resolution without recourse to the courts.

“I now hope to share some of that experience with the CLA’s Worcestershire branch committee to help refine and improve their services to members.”

He will join Iain Morrison, of solicitors MFG, who is the new chair of the CLA’s Worcestershire branch committee, and Yan Gittens of chartered surveyors Fisher German, who is president.

Anyone needing expert legal advice on rural affairs can contact Mr Clifford via 0345 20 73 72 8 or by emailing him at jclifford@thursfields.co.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfield rockets into Midlands Top 10 for corporate deals

Thursfields Solicitors has become one of the most active firms of legal advisers in the Midlands’ mergers and acquisitions (M&A) sector so far this year, a new report reveals.

The law firm has soared into Experian Market IQ’s legal Top 10 following a string of big corporate deals over the first nine months of this year.

This has included advising shareholders on the sale of technology specialists cloudThing to Kerv, and advising creative agency DRPG on its acquisition of screen content specialists A-Vision UK.

Most recently, Thursfields’ Corporate Team advised Jeremy Holden, founder of Herefordshire classic car and motorcycle parts business Holden Vintage & Classic, on its acquisition by international classic parts specialist SNG Barratt Group.

This activity took Thursfields from 22nd position to 10th in Experian’s league table of Midlands legal advisers.

Gareth Burge, director and head of the Corporate Team at Thursfields, said: “2021 has been another record year for the team and we have consolidated our position as leading M&A lawyers to the owner managed business and SME market.”

The new ranking comes hot on the heels of Thursfields busiest ever 12 months for corporate activity, providing legal guidance on 29 deals worth a total of more than £125 million in the 12 months to 30 April 2021.

Experian said transaction volume in the Midlands M&A market has soared by 27 per cent to 745 transactions in the first nine months of 2021, while the total value of Midlands deals reached £17bn compared to only £3.4bn at the same point in 2020.

Jane Turner, research manager at Experian MarketIQ, said: “The speed at which mergers and acquisitions activity has bounced back from last year’s Covid-related uncertainty – both on a domestic and global level – has been striking.

“An improving economic forecast allied with the success of the vaccine rollout has helped confidence quickly return to the market.

“In the UK, our latest set of figures paint a positive picture, with deal activity up sharply across a range of metrics. The pandemic has accelerated an existing shift towards digital activities in the economy and the rush to future-proof has driven a rush of tech deals in 2021.

“Meanwhile private equity interest in UK businesses has never been greater, with global investors increasingly positive towards the UK market, and we’ve seen buyouts surge this year – along with publicly-traded companies taken private from the Stock Exchange in record numbers.”

Any companies or management teams that need legal advice on corporate sales, purchases, mergers and acquisitions can email Mr Burge on gburge@thursfields.co.uk or call him via 0345 20 73 72 8.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

US emissions monitoring Group swoops for Coventry gas technology business

A Coventry based gas analysis company has been purchased by a US Group, with legal advice from Midlands law firm Thursfields Solicitors.

Thursfields’ corporate team, led by director Tim Edwards, advised Peter Cieslak and minority shareholders on the sale for an undisclosed sum of his business Gas Data Ltd, and its parent company, Innovational Technologies, to ECOTEC International Holdings LLC.

Gas Data Ltd was founded 30 years ago and was acquired by Mr Cieslak, via Innovational Technologies a holding company, in 2018.

It designs and manufactures a range of industry-leading gas analysers and gas monitoring systems for a variety of industrial applications, including renewable energy, environmental and security, with international presence in over 50 countries. The company also provides a full range of installation, commissioning and maintenance services.

Gas Data Ltd is based at Seven Stars Industrial Estate, Wheler Road, Coventry.

Tim Edwards said: “ECOTEC and Gas Data use similar core technologies and serve complementary markets. As a result, the acquisition represents an opportunity to expand capabilities and extend geographic reach, in addition to furthering the combined portfolio of methane-focused environmental solutions.

“We advised Peter in 2018 on the acquisition of Gas Data and it’s great to see the success he and the team have made of it. I, for one, couldn’t be happier for him and wish him all the best in the next stage of his career with ECOTEC.”

Greg Philp, corporate finance director at HB&O and director Wayne Gutteridge provided corporate finance and tax advice to Peter Cieslak.

Mr Philp said: “It was fantastic to have been able to support Mr Cieslak and the Gas Data team with this transaction. It’s an extremely exciting opportunity for the whole business.”

Peter Cieslak, chief executive officer of Gas Data, said: “By becoming a part of the ECOTEC Group we will strengthen our respective brands and accelerate our continued growth in both new and existing market segments. I could not be prouder of our talented and dedicated team who will continue to make significant contributions to the new challenges that lie ahead. I look forward to our exciting future, advancing the science behind gas data, together.”

“The Thursfields team delivered a highly professional service to an extremely tight timetable and worked tirelessly to ensure we achieved completion on time. This was done without compromising on attention to detail in the commercial matters.”

ECOTEC Group CEO Tim Novick said the acquisition brings together technology and talent in the form of dedicated Gas Data employees who are joining the ECOTEC Group team.

“We believe this unique opportunity combines two businesses with best-in-class products and customer service operating in overlapping industries, as well as bringing together a team of astoundingly talented and dedicated employees.”

“We are fully committed to the successful future of our expanded organisation,” he said.

ECOTEC Group, designs and develops speciality equipment and software solutions for the natural gas, biogas, renewable natural gas and carbon credits market. Gas Data joins two other leading product brands in Europe; Gazomat in France and AQ Mesh in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.

Thursfields’ corporate team, led by Tim Edwards, included Reece De-Vaney and Ellie Bryan. Ecotec Group was advised by Monica Macheng of Bevan Brittan with corporate finance and tax advice provided by Chris Wood at Grenfell James Associates.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Dismissal of 28 identical divorce petitions highlights importance of expert legal advice

The family court’s rejection of more than two dozen “copy and paste” divorce petitions has proved the importance of seeking expert legal advice, according to Thursfields Solicitors.

The leading Midlands law firm was commenting after Mr Justice Moor rejected a total of 28 petitions from the same online divorce company because they cited “absolutely identical” particulars of behaviour against the respondent.

Philip Rea, director of the Family Law team at Thursfields, told how the judge had concluded the petitions were “improper” as it was “quite impossible” for each of the respondents to have behaved in exactly the same way.

Mr Rea said: “For many divorcing couples, the cost of divorcing weighs heavily in their decision on whether or not to instruct a solicitor.

“Judgements like that of Mr Justice Moor provide a stark and important reminder that when embarking on divorce you should ensure expert legal advice is obtained so the whole process and all procedures are followed properly by a qualified solicitor.

“While Mr Justice Moor did not refer those responsible to the Director of Public Prosecutions, he warned that he would have ‘no hesitation’ in doing so if there was any repeat.

“He also insisted that his judgment be placed on the free BAILII legal website to help ensure that nobody else acts like this in the future.”

Mr Rea explained that many online divorce companies charged extremely low prices for divorces because they were unregulated businesses and do not use qualified solicitors.

And while many people find the advertised cost savings attractive, circumstances like the dismissal of petitions can cause huge problems and delay.

He said: “It is vital that people obtain professional advice from a qualified solicitor in what is a very important and often stressful situation.

“It is also crucial that divorcing couples who own property and assets obtain expert legal advice to assist them with the division of those assets.

“The financial aspects of divorce should always be concluded by way of a court order, whether that be with the consent of both parties or with the assistance of solicitors or the court.

“For divorcing couples who do not own property or have any assets, it is also extremely important that a financial order, known as a ‘clean break’, is obtained.

“This will ensure that the financial claims, which each spouse has against the other by virtue of their marriage, are dismissed to avoid any possible future financial claims if one or both parties’ financial positions change in later years.”

Mr Rea added: “These financial aspects of a divorce are not always considered or dealt with properly when people engage the services of an online company.”

Anyone needing expert legal advice on divorce can contact the Family Law Team at Thursfields Solicitors on 0345 20 73 72 8 or by emailing info@thursfields.co.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Talk Legal webinars showcase Thursfields Solicitors’ range of legal services 

A series of free webinars has been developed by Thursfields Solicitors to explain the wide range of services offered by the leading Midland law firm.

The virtual Talk Legal sessions have been taking place with Thursfields’ top lawyers since Spring last year to enable the company to continue its regular workshops for businesses and the community during the various COVID-19 lockdowns.

The monthly Zoom webinars have proved so popular that the online format has now been continued for a total of 16 Talk Legal webinars to date, with more planned for the future.

Each session is supported by a recorded video interview with the legal experts concerned, resulting in a library of vidcasts that can be accessed free of charge via www.thursfields.co.uk/talk-legal-videos.

Michelle O’Hara, managing director of Thursfields, said: “We’re well known for our regular workshops for businesses and the community, and have always been keen to widen the audience for our legal guidance.

“Because it wasn’t possible to hold physical events during the pandemic lockdowns, we started recording a series of vidcasts on different legal topics to support our live and interactive Talk Legal webinars via Zoom.

“We’ve found this format to be really popular, as almost everyone has quickly gained Zoom skills, and the Talk Legal webinars have regularly attracted significant live audiences.

“This has become a great way to help people and businesses become more aware of those legal jobs they want to get round to.”

Legal issues covered by Thursfields’ Talk Legal series to date have included:

  • Power of Attorney: do you know if you should you have one?
  • Back to the future: A return to the workplace?
  • Guide to buying, selling or leasing commercial premises
  • Planning the future of your business – safeguarding, growth and succession
  • What to expect when you’re not expecting – a guide to tackling disputes
  • Wealth protection
  • Steps to take when a co-parenting relationship breaks down
  • Dealing with digital assets in wills and estates
  • Pensions and commercial property
  • Commercial contracts
  • Insolvency
  • Property auctions
  • How to deal with redundancies
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Making a will
  • Divorce and finances

Ms O’Hara added: “Seeking legal advice might be a new or daunting experience for some, but our Talk Legal webinars have all featured our lawyers directly speaking to people live online.

“This has helped put our clients and potential new clients at ease as well as inform them about the steps they may need to take if they have a legal issue.

“Our new Talk Legal webinars are another example of the way we’re using technology to make sure our guidance is widely available to everyone.”

To sign up to receive future invites to Talk Legal webinars and for other legal updates, visit www.thursfields.co.uk/sign-up-to-our-newsletter.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields recruiting 20 new staff with more job opportunities to follow

Leading Midlands law firm Thursfields Solicitors is launching a major recruitment drive across the autumn to fill 20 immediate opportunities with more expected to follow.

Jade Linton, Thursfields’ HR director, said: “Despite what has been an uncertain time for businesses in the wake of the pandemic, our ambitions for growth have not waned.

“We used the steadiness of lockdown to refocus, seek feedback, strategise and revisit our corporate aims in areas including internal branding, learning and development, client relationships and growth.

“Our strategies have paid off and we are now well placed to add to our impressive community of lawyers and managers.

“We seek technically robust lawyers to join our team. We do not mind if they are not the finished article. We commit to helping them get there with clear and kind feedback with a compassionate tone, mentorship and continuous development.”

In spite of tough trading conditions, Thursfields has recorded double digit growth in the past 12 months with the corporate team leading the way with a record year.

Gareth Burge, director and head of corporate, said: “The last 12 months have been our busiest-ever, and the team has worked incredibly hard to ensure all projects were finished to our usual high quality.

“During the pandemic, we completed a total of 29 deals worth over £125 million and consolidated our position as a leading legal adviser to the owner-managed business and SME market.

“As we start our new financial year, we look forward with real optimism. The local mergers and acquisitions market is looking increasingly buoyant and we have some fantastic new deals in the pipeline.”

Strong growth was also achieved by the commercial property team, and the family and commercial litigation and insolvency divisions.

Ms Linton added: “Thursfields is increasingly becoming the law firm of choice for ambitious lawyers who appreciate our flexible and considered approach to all aspects of their employment.

“They appreciate our approach to agile working – we have a hybrid working policy which addresses the need for flexibility and permits home working.

“We have an active equality, diversity and inclusion committee and steering groups as part of our efforts to champion an inclusive culture dedicated to learning, widening access to the profession and a genuine sense of belonging.

“We are also committed to supporting the development of mental health first aiders at each office.”

Comments from current staff members support the firm’s drive for inclusion at all levels.

Lorna Tipple, director in the family division, said: “At Thursfields I am valued not only as a senior manager and lawyer, but as a whole person. The flexibility and autonomy offered allows me to balance all aspects of life, so that there is no longer a stark and outdated choice between career progression and family life.  Forward- thinking and people-oriented, Thursfields has a most refreshing approach and I am delighted to be part of this team.”

Harbinder Gosal, a senior associate in the family team, said: “The best thing about working at Thursfields is that the senior management team, including HR, is approachable, and just one phone call away whether it’s a professional matter or personal.

“The firm embracing flexibility of agile and hybrid working has been refreshing to those with childcare commitments. As a recently single parent I would not have coped without the support.”

And for those at the start of their career, Shoab Hussain said: “Thursfields’ client-centric approach, staff inclusiveness and a ‘team thinker’ entrepreneurial culture makes Thursfields an excellent firm to undertake a training contract and begin your legal career.”

Ms Linton said: “I would urge anyone, either at the start of their career or contemplating their next move, to put Thursfields at the very top of their wishlist and give us a call.”

Jade Linton can be contacted on dlinton@thursfields.co.uk or call 0345 2073728.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Passion and drive for diversity and inclusion at Thursfields

Thursfields Solicitors’ commitment to diversity and inclusion at every level of the leading Midlands’ law firm has won them national attention.

Managing director Michelle O’Hara and HR director Jade Linton have been spearheading a firm-wide drive to ensure that inclusion is at the heart of everything the firm does.

Mrs O’Hara said: “We are passionate innovators around diversity and inclusion at a regional law firm level.

“Using novel work schemes to give wider access to the profession, becoming a Living Wage Foundation employer, committing to Level-Up pay gap reviews and sharing our lived experiences as legal professionals – we seek to make a difference.”

The firm’s management team began making changes in support of greater diversity and inclusion two years ago.  These included the introduction of a scholarship programme with Aston University Law School which gives students from under-represented groups a “day a week” work experience for two years to support social mobility to the profession.

The firm also introduced a “redacted” application form for trainee recruitment selection, specifically removing the university institution name to minimise bias, and started a reverse mentoring scheme to give the firm’s leadership a fresh and inclusive perspective on leadership, strategy and mindset.  And it recognizes it has much more work to do.

Jade Linton said: “Diversity is a fact – inclusion is a behaviour.

“Inclusion is more than championing so-called ‘minority groups’, it is about bringing everyone into the conversation and fostering genuine understanding.

“Our organisation is learning and growing in confidence, facing the discomfort of awkward conversations around race, gender and sexuality in support of our ‘One Team’ Value.

“Often businesses engage in diversity and inclusion to avoid ‘getting into trouble’, or because it ‘ticks a box’.

“This is not our motivation, and we should say upfront that we are not the finished article. This is a journey, not a destination.”

And the firm’s initiatives have been a big hit with staff throughout the firm who have valued this approach and the firm’s commitment to honest conversations around how to effect change in this arena.

The firm-wide approach has now been recognised with Thursfields being short-listed as a finalist in The Law Society’s Excellence in Law Awards 2021 which will be celebrated in an online ceremony on Thursday 7 October.

Mrs O’Hara said: “We are really pleased to have been selected as finalists and are keen to connect and work with other regional professional service firms who have a similar passion to effect genuine and lasting change in D & I. So please do get in touch.”

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Warning: don’t post on Facebook and other social media about relationship breakdowns

Divorcing couples should not use Facebook and other social media to try to score points against their spouses, Thursfields Solicitors has warned.

The leading Midlands law firm has also highlighted the perils of identifying children, their addresses or schools on social media, as this can be seen as inflammatory and in proceedings children’s details can only be released with the permission of the court.

The advice comes from Pamela Arrowsmith, a consultant solicitor in the Family Law department at Thursfields, who has underlined the importance of parties thinking carefully before posting any words or images that might be used against them.

Ms Arrowsmith said: “Using social media during the breakdown of a relationship can be a very dangerous thing to do.

“As a solicitor, I have often had clients showing us copies of Facebook and other social media entries which have been posted by their spouse or ex-partner.

“Our clients often ask for these posts to be used, and we have then often exhibited such entries from Facebook and social media in support of our client’s case both in correspondence and in court documents against their opposition.

“Therefore, it is extremely important not to post any image or words that can be used against you or which can be seen by the court as inflammatory, as adverse conclusions can be drawn against anyone posting in this way.

“It is also extremely important to note that photographs and information identifying children, their address or school should never be posted.

“We all have to be very careful anyway not to post such images and information to protect the children from hackers or potential abusers who might use such information for illegal purposes.

“But this becomes even more crucial during a divorce case as a spouse may use such postings to highlight the irresponsibility of the opposition.

“And under no circumstances should any court documents be disclosed to anyone else outside the court room and the solicitors involved in those proceedings, including via images on social media.”

Ms Arrowsmith added: “In short, always think twice and perhaps three times before posting anything to social media.

“Only do so if you wish to see those posts set out in legal documents for the court, and think about the impact of such posts on any current or future proceedings.”

Anyone needing advice on their relationship breakdown or divorce can contact Thursfields’ Family Law team on 0345 20 73 72 8 or by emailing info@thursfields.co.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Court’s break clause option ruling: is the tide turning in favour of tenants?

Thursfields Solicitors has welcomed the Court of Appeal’s overturning of a High Court decision in relation to the vacant possession requirement in a break clause.

In the case of Capitol Park Leeds plc v Global Radio Services Ltd, the High Court initially held that a tenant’s failure to reinstate the landlord’s fixtures and fittings meant the property had not been returned with vacant possession as it was left in a “dysfunctional and unoccupiable” state.

The Court of Appeal has now overturned that judgment, holding that the pre-condition was confined to the requirement of returning the premises free from “people, chattels and interests” and was not concerned with the physical state of the unit.

Parmveer Virdee, a solicitor in the Commercial Property department at Thursfields, said: “Case law had previously dealt with situations where the tenant had failed to remove people, chattels or existing legal interests in the property.

“However, this case was unique because all of these matters had been removed by the tenant.

“The Court of Appeal decided that the break option had still been validly exercised by the tenant even though the property was returned in a dire state.

“This was because the landlord still had the option of recovering its losses for the physical damage caused to the property via a dilapidations claim.

“As tenants must ensure strict compliance with break pre-conditions, the Court of Appeal’s judgment will be welcomed as it provides further clarity on what is required to comply with a vacant possession break condition.”

Ms Virdee added: “As break options can be complex, we would recommend obtaining legal advice early if you are either looking to offer a break option to your tenant or want to serve a break notice on your landlord.”

To contact Ms Virdee for legal advice on commercial property matters, call 0345 2073 728 or email her at pvirdee@thursfields.co.uk.

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.

Thursfields promotes nine in recognition of key role in continuing growth

West Midlands law firm, Thursfields Solicitors, has made nine promotions in recognition of talent, hard work and loyalty in the past 18 months.

Key promotions are Jade Linton who is now HR director and joins the Executive Team at board level and Sharon Oakley who is promoted to director in the Wills & Estates Team.

Michelle O’Hara, managing director of Thursfields Solicitors, said: “These promotions are a highly merited reward for the role these individuals have played in driving forward our corporate plan. In what has been a very difficult 18 months for every business in the UK, it is thanks to the talent, hard work and loyalty of our workforce that Thursfields has kept on track and continued to grow.

“Despite the pandemic and its impact on normal office routine and working practices, these colleagues have helped to ensure we continue to further our key goals of a client-focussed business and an inclusive workplace culture.”

Previously, the Firm’s HR Business Partner, Jade Linton is an experienced HR and employment lawyer.  She is passionate about people, inclusion and belonging and inspiring workplaces to reflect the communities they serve.  She was also listed as one of the UK’s top 25 employment lawyers in the Reward 300 Index 2020.

Jade is regularly invited to speak at employment law seminars and conferences and for the past four years has been plenary speaker at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals Annual General Conference.

Sharon Oakley is a highly experienced practitioner in her field of Wills & Estates with over 20 years’ experience.

She is CILEX qualified and a Member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners. She is also a Dementia Friend and is a regular speaker for the Alzheimer’s Society. Sharon is renowned for empathy and calm professionalism which clients and colleagues value.

Michelle said “People are what matter most in business.  And to work somewhere where you can make a difference is empowering.   It’s right that we recognise and reward the impact and influence these individuals have had on our organisation over the past 18 months.  What stood out for the Executive Team was their passion, resilience and client focus.”

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Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and most reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in five offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. The firm provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. Thursfields has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Solihull and Birmingham.