Partner and Head of Wills & Estate Planning at Andrew & Co Solicitors Helen Newson writes...
I joined Andrew & Co in 2004 as a cashier after completing my AAT exams. I previously worked for another local firm of solicitors and wanted to advance my knowledge in the accounting legal sector.
I enjoy working at Andrew & Co; it's a positive friendly working atmosphere. I head up the Accounts Team who work hard to ensure that deadlines are met and that the Private and Commercial teams are well supported. My role as Finance Manager allows me to oversee all areas of the Accounts team and financial areas of the business. Working alongside Wendy the Office Manager and Chris the Business Development Manager we form the Management team who deal with the day to day running of the Firm, reporting back to the Chief Executive and Partners.
I enjoy my role on the Management team as I like that I am helping to improve the firm in my own way not only from the client's perspective but also the staff who work for the Firm. My role as COFA means that I also work alongside the COLP and MRLO officer to ensure that compliance is monitored and maintained. We form part of the Risk Group which meet regularly to discuss any risk areas and provide support and internal training to staff.
I enjoy going to the gym with friends who try to convince me to take part in the latest fun run or 10k obstacle event. When not spending time with friends and family I like to bury myself in a good book or film.