Long-serving employees retire Thelma and Louise style

Two of our colleagues, with a combined 36 years’ service timed their retirements to finish work ‘Thelma and Louise’ style on the same day.

Such is the friendship and working partnership between Valerie Warner and Carol Evans they pledged to retire together because they ‘can’t work without each other’.

Carol delayed her retirement until Valerie’s leaving date at the end of April.

Valerie has been with us since 2001, leaving as head of our private client department, dealing with wills, probate and power of attorney. She has been supported by legal secretary Carol for all those years.

“They’re like Thelma and Louise, running off into the sunset together – but they assure me they won’t be driving off any cliffs,” said Helen Gamble, Practice Support Manager.

A proper goodbye

“We wanted to say a proper good-bye and thank you to Valerie and Carol, so we booked a room at a local hotel and 40 staff enjoyed a chocolate experience with a quiz all about chocolate and tasting sessions in teams. It was a great send-off and something a little bit different.”

Retirement plans

Valerie’s plans a holiday in California to meet her daughter, while Carol will enjoy her love of antiques by attending fairs and events.

“Carol and I had our ‘Thelma and Louise’ leaving pact for a while because we can’t work without each other,” said Valerie.

“I’ve enjoyed my 21 years with the business and now I plan to start enjoying my free time. Next week we’re off to California to meet our daughter who lives in Australia,” she added.

Carol said: “I’m planning to have a rest for a couple of months and then we’re going on holiday to Ireland. My husband and I plan to travel around the country attending antiques fairs.”

New beginnings

Sarah Mochan now takes on the role of Director and head of department. Solicitors Ruth Nolan, Charlotte Fox and Hayley Palmer, together with the support team will all work to ensure Valerie and Carol leave their department in safe hands.

A growing firm, promoting from within

Wallace Robinson & Morgan was founded in Birmingham city centre in 1855 and now operates from offices in Solihull and Dorridge.

Our expanding practice has enjoyed a period of growth fuelled by staff promotions, with former trainee solicitor Daniel Zakis working to become a department head and director of the firm.

Vanessa Warren has also been promoted to become a new director, and Ruth Nolan has been promoted to an Associate solicitor.

Their promotions coincide with the appointments of William Key, Samantha Smith, Asia Bi, Charlotte Fox and Hayley Palmer as assistant solicitors. While Louise Dalton, Charlotte Judd and Liaquat Malik all joined as paralegals.

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