Law firm staff to join new team

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Staff at a law firm set to close this month will join the team at Williamsons Solicitors.

The 12 employees at Wellington Road-based Stuart Smith & Burnett are to remain at their current workplace after the company ceases trading at the end of August.

They will be joined by the five employees from Williamsons, which currently works from an office in Quay Road.

Stuart Smith & Burnett are closing because three of its four partners - David Burnett, Madeline Burnett and Michael Bowen are retiring.

Stuart Smith & Burnett’s partner, Richard Bancroft, will join Williamsons Solicitors in the move.

He said: “It is excellent news that our staff will be able to retain their jobs and that we can all look forward to a successful future. We look forward to continuing relationships with our loyal clients.”

Bill Waddington, director at Williamsons Solicitors, which has a head office in Hull and another branch in Driffield, said: “We moved to Bridlington because we felt there was mileage in bringing our breadth of expertise into the town. Since opening we have had a very positive experience, growing from two to five staff in a very short period of time.

“Stuart Smith & Burnett has a very good reputation and is well known for its work in wills, probate and property. The staff we are taking on have a lot of experience in these areas of law as well as excellent local knowledge.”

Sarah Clubley, head of the family department and a Williamsons director, said: “Their skills are an ideal fit with the services we provide and we are very much looking forward to working as a bigger team in Bridlington.

“The firm’s closure provides us with an excellent opportunity to more than treble the size of our operations in the town, and to continue providing our first class legal service but to a much bigger client base,“ she added.

Stuart Smith & Burnett can trace its origins in Bridlington to the 1920’s. The retiring partners are Williamsons Solicitors employs 128 staff and provides a full range of services to private clients including civil litigation, clinical negligence, personal injury and conveyancing.