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Solicitors firm recruits more legal experts to offices throughout West Norfolk


By Lynn News Reporter


Historic law firm Hayes and Storrs is looking to the future with a round of new appointments.

The firm of solicitors has offices in towns across North and West Norfolk, including Lynn, Swaffham, Fakenham and Hunstanton. The addition of four more lawyers to its team bring staff numbers across the region up to almost 100 people.

At Swaffham, Diane Raven has joined the property department. She specialises in residential conveyancing, property purchases and sales, transfer of equity, land and plot sales and has worked in conveyancing since her first job as a legal secretary in Swaffham. She qualified as a lawyer in 1995.

Pictured, from left, at Hayes and Storrs Swaffham office are Mel Robson, Denise Small, Susan Matthews, Maisie Silverman, Diane Raven and Lesley Burnell. MLNF-18AF11012
Pictured, from left, at Hayes and Storrs Swaffham office are Mel Robson, Denise Small, Susan Matthews, Maisie Silverman, Diane Raven and Lesley Burnell. MLNF-18AF11012

Director Susan Matthews, of the Swaffham office, said: “Diane has worked in property sales and purchases for her entire career and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have found someone local with such vast experience as well as an in-depth knowledge of West Norfolk and surrounding areas.”

Gerald Bloye and Abigail Reynolds have joined the firm's civil litigation team and are both based in Lynn while Maria Endall has joined the family department and is based at Fakenham.

Both Gerald and Abigail joined Hayes and Storr from other leading firms. Gerald has worked as a civil litigator for over 40 years, and Abigail joined from a top 200 law firm in Peterborough where she worked for seven years, having previously qualified with a distinction in family law, tort law and the practice of civil litigation.

Anissa Hallworth, director and head of litigation, said: “The addition of Gerald and Abigail to our firm reflects the growth of Hayes and Storr and our intention to continue offering a fantastic service to our existing and new clients.

"Each new lawyer brings with them exceptional skill, impressive professional credentials, and a history of working on complex cases with proven results. We’ve continued to grow both organically and commercially, and we’re delighted to have them join us.

"We have always been a people-orientated business and give special consideration to the placement of individuals when scoping and building departments for the future.”

Maria joins the family department at a busy time. Director and head of family services Rob Colwell said: “I was keen to appoint Maria as she’s qualified to deal with all family matters, including relationship and marriage breakdown, but her particular interest and specialism is working with children and private law child cases.

"This is one of the most contentious and emotive areas of family law, which requires not only a great deal of experience, but also a considerable amount of empathy and sensitivity, which are personality traits not always easy to find.”

Hayes and Storr Solicitors is one of the oldest law firms in Norfolk, with documents recording its original registration as a law office dating back to 1775.



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