East Yorkshire law firm Williamsons Solicitors gears up for expansion with new appointments
EXPANSION: Williamsons Solicitors has made a series of new appointments at its offices across the region, including (l-r) Madeleine St John and Faye Walker
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Aug 2017
Williamsons Solicitors has brought in four new lawyers for its Hull head office and three East Yorkshire branches as business continues to grow.
Faye Walker has joined the family and childcare department in Hull, property lawyer Helen Cherry has been recruited at Driffield, Theresa Schram has boosted the practice's conveyancing services at Bridlington and Madeleine St John has taken a wills and probate post at Beverley.
The new appointments follow in the footsteps of shipping law expert Gordon Sewell earlier this year as Williamsons developed its presence in the maritime and regulatory sector.
Director Bill Waddington said the new appointments reflected the firm's consistent growth over the last few years.
He said: "We are now assisting more clients than at any time in our history, which stretches back to 1890.
"We are well placed to provide a comprehensive range of legal services throughout the region, as well as working for many clients around the country."
Miss Walker, who has returned to East Yorkshire after eight years in the south, started her career as an immigration caseworker with the London-based national practice Duncan Lewis, helping vulnerable people secure their legal rights.
She then moved into family law at at Streeter Marshall in Croydon after being awarded a training contract.
Sarah Clubley, head of department, said: "We are delighted to welcome Faye into our firm.”
Mrs Cherry, who also has a master's degree in international law, has returned to her home area of Driffield after working for another Hull practice.
Branch manager and property solicitor Gemma Foster said her strong connections with the Wolds area would benefit Williamsons' clients.
"Helen is experienced in all kinds of property work and already knows the local market and the main people involved in it.”
Mrs Schram, who has spent almost three decades working with practices in East and North Yorkshire, as well as a spell with the Citizens' Advice Bureau in Hull, is a residential conveyancing expert.
"Bridlington seems to be more on the map these days and property in the town remains comparatively inexpensive," she said. "There is a lot of interest from West Yorkshire."
After training in Hull, Miss St John has moved to the firm's offices in her hometown Beverley.
For the former Hymers College pupil the road to qualification this summer began with her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Warwick and a distinction in her legal practice course at the University of Law in Leeds.
"Williamsons is a good place to widen my professional knowledge," she said. "I like the friendly atmosphere here, and I'm sure this contributes to making us very approachable from a client's point of view."