Partner and Head of Wills & Estate Planning at Andrew & Co Solicitors Helen Newson writes...
I read for my law degree at Birmingham University, followed by a year at Chester College of Law and two years articles (what is now known as a training contract) with a large West Yorkshire firm. I remained in West Yorkshire for a few years after qualification then joined Andrew & Co in 1995, becoming a partner in 1999. In 2007 I also became a notary public after taking a post graduate diploma. Since qualifying in 1989 I have acted in many commercial transactions including company sales and purchases, joint ventures, company restructuring and finance documentation.
When I joined Andrew & Co in 1995 I also became involved in acting for charities and now have over twenty years experience of advising charities and their trustees in matters ranging from registrations, mergers, property acquisitions and disposals, contracts, church sharing agreements and corporate governance issues.
I find my work brings new interest every day. One of the joys of working at Andrew & Co is that I know we have a good range of expertise, so if a client asks me a question I can't answer I have the confidence to pass them on to a colleague who will be able to answer. All of us here want to achieve the best for our clients in the most painless and practical way, without confusing them with jargon, or, where complex documents are needed, helping them cut through to the essential meanings. My clients which are charities include those which have great experience and expertise both in their own charitable fields and in the wider business community and working with them often means we learn from each other. Other charitable clients are taking their first steps into the unknown of charity law and the responsibilities of trustees and I enjoy guiding them and helping them avoid the pitfalls. I am a member of the Charity Law Association.
During my off duty hours I enjoy singing with the Lincoln Choral Society, walking and cycling and am an active member of the United Reformed Church. I enjoy keeping up my language skills in German and French.