Maureen Cawthorn marks three decades at Wilkinson Woodward

Maureen Cawthorn marks three decades at Wilkinson Woodward

Solicitor Maureen Cawthorn is celebrating this week after marking 30 years of service at West Yorkshire law firm Wilkinson Woodward.

After studying at Manchester University and the College of Law in Chester, Cawthorn (pictured) qualified in 1989, specialising in litigation and employment law.

Following short spells at legal practices in Manchester and Leeds, Cawthorn joined the litigation department at Wilkinson Woodward in April 1992.

In 2007, Cawthorn achieved her notarial qualification from Cambridge University, making her one of just a handful of notary publics in Calderdale.

Over the past 15 years, she has built up a busy and highly regarded notary practice, working with both private and corporate clients from Kirklees, Calderdale and further afield.

Towards the end of 2007, Cawthorn became the firm’s managing partner, guiding the independent legal practice through a period of significant growth and evolution.

In the past decade, Cawthorn has overseen two mergers: the first, in 2012, with Huddersfield legal practice Norcliffe and Co, and the second, in 2013, with Bearders Solicitors of Brighouse.

Today, Cawthorn divides her time between her management responsibilities and a substantial caseload of notary, employment and litigation work. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Notary Society.

Outside work, Cawthorn is a trustee of The Next Step Trust, a Halifax-based charity for young adults with complex needs.

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