Building up a reputable law firm takes hard work and dedication. It also needs trusted and reliable staff. So when expanding his firm, Anthony Brunning knew the best option was his daughter, Gina Fletcher.
The 33-year-old joined Ellen Court Partnership at the end of last year and is excelling in her role.
Gina is based in the firm’s new office, located across the road from the main site in Garstang Road, Preston.
She has been employed to expand the conveyancing and private client department. She will be also be specialising in litigation which she has practiced for the last eight years.
Gina’s younger sister, Elisa Brunning, also works at the firm.
Gina says: “I first worked here in 1998 when I was at school and began to be interested in a career in law at that stage.
“I worked here part time during the school and college holidays and also whilst studying law at university. I went to Chester College of Law which is the same law school as my dad. When I graduated I went to work full time in a local law firm specialising in conveyancing however I was made redundant due to the recession.
“I then went to work in a personal injury firm in Southport and secured a training contract there where I stayed for eight years. I was really happy there and had not planned to leave.
“However, I spoke with dad last summer about his expansion and that he was looking at expanding the conveyancing department when he asked me to join him I was delighted.
“I could not turn down the opportunity to return to conveyancing and private client work and was thrilled to be working with my dad again.
“Starting a new job is always daunting however I was welcomed straight away. We are a small team and everyone is very helpful and friendly. I am really enjoying my new role and am rekindling my passion for conveyancing. I am lucky to have the expertise of the head of the conveyancing department, Sharon to help me develop my conveyancing knowledge.”
The practice comprises two partners, Tony Brunning and Sharon Earnshaw with seven employees over four main departments for conveyancing, litigation, immigration and private client.
The firm has had high street presence along Garstang Road since it began in the 1980s.
Anthony Brunning, who has more than 21 years experience, states: “We were bursting at the seams at the main office and we had to take the next step in expanding the business, it made sense to open our new office across the road.
“While we are only a small firm we are excited about the progression and development of the firm especially in current times.
“We pride ourselves on offering a personal customer service which is often lost by some of the bigger firms where you are often faced with frustrating call centres or random staff who only know you by your reference number and not your name.
“All our cases are only handled by qualified members of staff which means that you will only be advised by a professional person. We believe that the personal service that we offer is the main reason for our success.”
Its conveyancing department, granted the Law Society’s accreditation status (CQS), is headed by partner Sharon Earnshaw who has over 35 years of experience.
In light of the recent Brexit decision, the firm has seen an influx in clients seeking immigration advice. Its immigration department is headed by Clita Johnrose, who is now situated in the new office. Clita specialises in asylum law, human rights, nationality, European law and immigration law.
The firm has a vastly experienced litigation team who offer a “no win no fee” service. This is led by Glenn Wallis, who has been with the firm 17 years.
Services also include debt recovery, contractual disputes, landlord and tenant matters, wills and probate and estate planning.