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Bridge Law Solicitors expand their thriving Family Law team in Yorkshire

Bridge Law has invested in its Family Law division with the appointment of specialist Family Law Solicitor, Jill Walker, who has just joined the firm’s Holmfirth team. 

The announcement comes following a substantially busy 12 months for the firm’s family law department at both their headquarters in the Greater Manchester village of Marple Bridge and at their Yorkshire base in Holmfirth.

Founder and Director of Bridge Law, Claire Stewart, shared: “Myself and the team are absolutely delighted to welcome Jill to our growing team. 

“Jill has an outstanding reputation locally and across Yorkshire and the North West, having had an impressive career specialising in Family Law for over 20 years – her passion, skill and knowledge in the area of Family Law shines through when you meet her.”

Jill has joined the firm after a number of years working successfully as a Locum solicitor, at both large city centre and local high-street firms across Yorkshire and the North West. Prior to being a Locum Solicitor, Jill, who is also a qualified but not currently practising mediator, was the Head of the Family and Mediation Departments at a firm in Oldham for over four years before leaving in 2017. 

Commenting on her appointment, Jill Walker shared: “I’m thrilled to join Bridge Law’s growing Family Law department. After a number of years working as a Locum solicitor at various firms, when the opportunity arose to join a firm with a brilliant reputation, that is based in the heart of my own local community, it was an easy decision to make. 

“The whole team at both offices have been very welcoming and are a pleasure to work with – everyone in the team shares the same dedication and passion for providing excellent client care, which is something I admire greatly as I have been committed throughout my career to helping ease the stress clients are going through, during some of the most challenging periods of their lives”. 

In addition to Jill’s appointment, the team have also invested in the career progression of aspiring family solicitor, Lucy Butler, who joined the Holmfirth team as a Legal Assistant in 2018 and was promoted to Paralegal in 2021. Lucy is currently studying for her Masters in Law and Solicitors Qualifying Examinations at the University of Law in Leeds and is on track to become a Solicitor at the firm in 2024. 

Consultant Solicitor and Head of the firm’s Family Law department, Carol-Anne Baker, shared: “I’m thrilled to be working with Jill, she is truly an asset to our team and has already settled in well. 

“We’ve experienced a substantially increasing amount of clients seeking advice on family matters over the last year, so it was definitely the right time to expand the team. 

“Both the team and clients alike are already commenting on the brilliant work Jill is doing and I, personally, am very grateful for her support in the team. We’ve even received fantastic feedback from her previous colleagues, who have congratulated us on Jill joining us!”

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Company profile Bridge Law Solicitors Ltd was founded in 2016 by Claire Stewart, with the aim to do things differently from large traditional firms. They are dedicated to providing a flexible and responsive service via a small team that represents a great deal of legal expertise.  The firm launched its Holmfirth office in August 2018, to bring the team’s expertise into the Yorkshire region. The Yorkshire team is managed by Yorkshire-based solicitor Carol-Anne Baker who has specialised in Family Law for over 25 years and is a consultant solicitor at Bridge Law.  Although each office is based in small local communities, they work with clients locally, nationally and internationally across a wide range of legal services for both corporate and private clients.

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