Michael Lewin becomes Oakwood

Leeds law firm Michael Lewin Solicitors has changed its name to Oakwood Solicitors to underline its links to the Oakwood area of the city.

Michael Lewin Solicitors, based on Roundhay Road and established in 2001, has developed from a local practice specialising in personal injury into a full-service firm. Managing director and owner Abbie Keech took over the firm in 2004.

She said: “I grew up around Roundhay Park so the local community is close to my heart. As a business, we are part of Oakwood. We employ 95 people and every day our staff use the local shops and eateries, so the new name for the business makes absolute sense.”

“We also think the name works from a broader perspective because, nationally, the word ‘Oakwood’ emphasises strength and solidity,” she added.

To emphasise the firm’s community links, the rebrand was launched at the children’s play area in Roundhay Park. Oakwood Solicitors has donated £1,200 to the Roundhay Playground Appeal, which is trying to raise £100,000 to refurbish the existing play area and add facilities for disabled children.

Keech said: “I have got three children who are aged three, five and seven so I know how important it is to have nice playground facilities. A lot of our staff bring their kids here, and people do need something that’s a bit better than what is currently here.”

Julia Wilson from the Friends of Roundhay Park said: “We’re grateful for the donation. Oakwood Solicitors staff contribute greatly to the vibrancy of the local community. Indeed, a lot of their staff bring their children to this playground.”

Pictured, from left to right: Julia Wilson, Friends of Roundhay Park; Abbie Keech, Oakwood Solicitors; and Sara Dawson, Roundhay Playground Appeal