Ison Harrison has opened a new office in Otley, bringing its total number of premises in the region to 12.
The law firm’s expansion into Otley is the latest office to be opened in the region following Pudsey and Huddersfield last year. The office is the newest in Ison Harrison’s existing network of branches across Leeds and West Yorkshire and establishes a permanent presence in the town for the first time.
The office will be led by partner Nigel Cowley, a property law specialist with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of residential conveyancing.
Cowley played an instrumental role in establishing and increasing the size of Ison Harrison’s commercial property division, as well as helping to set up and manage the firm’s Ilkley and Guiseley offices. He will also continue to lead the Guiseley branch.
Joining Cowley in the new office will be family law solicitor Sarah Laughey.
Laughey has more than a decade of experience as a family solicitor and for the past six years has been a Resolution-accredited specialist covering domestic violence and private children law work. She has also been running a popular free legal clinic at Otley Courthouse.
Amy Baxter, a trainee solicitor, will also be based in Otley. She will focus on residential conveyancing and family law.
On top of the conveyancing and family law services available, a wills and probate service will be provided in Otley by Rachael Pratt and Emma Garfitt.
Cowley said of the new office: “This is a very exciting new office launch for Ison Harrison as Otley really is on the ascendance and there is a great buzz in the town.”
“Another important reason for choosing Otley as the next strategic site for Ison Harrison follows the success of the free weekly legal clinics we have been offering here. The clinics have highlighted a real demand for legal assistance from local people in the core areas of everyday law but also specialist advice in many of the legal sectors we have dedicated expertise in.”
Jonathan Wearing, managing partner at Ison Harrison, said: “We are extremely proud to be opening a new office in Otley, a town where we have already had a presence and a great deal of success through our popular legal clinics.”
“Establishing a permanent presence was the logical strategic next step and reaffirms our considerable presence in the Wharfedale area with offices in Ilkley, Guiseley and now Otley. Following on from our new office launches last year, this represents a very positive step for the firm.”
(Pictured: Nigel Cowley (front) and the team at the new Otley office with managing partner Jonathan Wearing (second from right))