End of an era, and new beginnings

If you are one of our regular clients, you may notice we have had some recent staff changes in our residential property team.

It was with great sadness that we said goodbye and thank you to Maureen Thompson, who retired from the firm after 22 years.

Maureen started her training with Wallace Robinson & Morgan in 1994, qualifying in 1996. She won’t mind me saying, she was “more mature” than the average trainee, having decided rather late in life to train as a solicitor.

She was very grateful to Paul Hughes for “taking a punt on her”. Paul happily admits what a great decision offering Maureen a training contract was. A model trainee, and after qualification she quickly established herself as a very valuable member of the residential property team.

Maureen’s skills, knowledge, flare for client service and her work ethic, backed by a commitment to the firm saw her rise through the ranks. She was made a Partner in the firm in 2000 and later a Director.

A busy retirement

Maureen will have a busy retirement, being involved in arranging social and fundraising events in her home town, and serves on the local Parish committee.

She also enjoys travelling and will now have more time to spend with her large family. She particularly likes spoiling her grand-children and will now have more time to visit her two sons (and one of her grand-children) who now live in Australia.

New beginnings

Although we all miss Maureen, we are pleased to announce a new member of the residential property team, Michelle Layton.

Michelle is a very experienced conveyancer and has settled into the role very well.

She specialises in residential conveyancing, taking pride in her work and knows how stressful moving home can be. She does everything to make the moving process as easy as possible.

Michelle is supported by our new secretary, Linda McAteer, who is also a welcome addition to the team.

Our residential property team

Our residential property team, Tim Langford, Paul Hughes, Asia Bi and Michelle Layton are all accredited members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) – the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

We are also pleased to report that Heidi Ryder has taken on a new role within this department. Heidi joined us as a Legal Secretary in 2004 and is now a Paralegal within the residential property department.

She provides assistance to one of the senior directors and supports the other members of the firm’s residential property department.

Heidi started her training to become a Legal Executive in 2015. She has now completed her first year and is working towards the Level 3 CILEx Diploma.

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