Woah it is October already! Where has this year gone?
In May we began the process of setting up West Lancashire Law and we officially opened our doors on the 1st of June 2016. You may have read a little about us on Facebook or even been to visit our website and read the ‘about us’ section on there but I am going to use this time to tell you a little bit about us anyway!
I am Katie and I am, amongst many other job titles, the Practice Manager and Paralegal at West Lancashire Law. I attended Blackburn College from 2010 to 2013 as a mature (debatable) student and graduated with a 2:1 LLB Honours. That is the best thing I have ever done and I miss the law degree days! I then went on to study the Legal Practice Course at UCLAN while working at a solicitors firm. Unfortunately that role did not work out, one reason being due to travel. I was desperate to obtain a training contract by this point, as most law students are. I subsequently went on to work at two other solicitors firms but unfortunately a training contract was again out of reach. I gained valuable experience in these roles in the areas of family law, personal injury and some criminal law experience. But I was becoming increasingly disheartened with being unable to secure a training contract. The experience helped me secure a job with a very well known firm and I am proud to have worked at that firm, I gained invaluable experience there, however, my Dad and the now barrister and boss here at West Lancashire Law, was becoming disheartened with his current work life and was looking to start an exciting new venture.
My Dad, William, used to work in the coal mines. When they closed he had various jobs and struggled to find something he enjoyed, until he went to college to study for some qualifications. He started at Wigan tech, as it was then called, and completed some GCSE’s after having left school at 14 without any qualifications. He went on to study A Levels and a law degree eventually moving part-time to London to study law at the bar. He qualified in 1997.
At the start of 2016 my Dad had been thinking seriously about which way to go with his career and working life and what sort of new venture he could go on. I have to admit that although I was happy in my current role to some extent I too had been thinking along the same lines so that I could have a little more security in my career and I considered teacher training for a while. We discussed things, the idea of starting a direct access law practice …and the rest is history! No it really isn’t, courses had to be attended, qualifications gained, we had to get authorisation and find a property and finance but within around four months the dream was alive! We are lucky to have been able to follow that dream.
So why are we different then? West Lancashire Law offer a revolutionary new service that being direct access to a barrister without the need to instruct a solicitor first. We can save clients time and money whilst also offering a legal representative who has almost twenty years of experience in both litigation and court room advocacy.
We are a family run practice and we care about our community and our clients. Plus we see ourselves as local friendly lawyers that will listen carefully to our clients and take instructions professionally and compassionately. While some other law firms (*innocent face*) are fighting to be at the top of the game we see ourselves as the friendly local law firm working for people in our local communities in these difficult times of austerity and injustice. We are ethical & understanding lawyers.
We also try our best to offer various ways to pay including weekly or monthly payments if that helps and we always offer free consultations all in an attempt to help clients while keeping the costs as low as possible. We also do regular free legal help sessions at the local Citizens Advice Bureau and Evermoor Hub in Digmoor.
Now, as we approach our sixth month birthday, we decided to run a competition to celebrate. One lucky follower could win two tickets to the Empire cinema, Robin Park, Wigan to see a film of your choice along with vouchers for as much movie munch as you can eat and drink! To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is;
- Like our page on Facebook,
- Share our blog/competition post on Facebook and #WestLancashireLaw and # the film you would choose and tell us why.
The winner will be chosen at random by number from the list of entrants and this will be evidenced by video! (The winner will be chosen on the 1st of November 2016 and I will contact them for details straight after).
Thank you for taking the time to read our very first blog! Head over to our website http://www.westlancashirelaw .co.uk to read more about us and what we offer.