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A Personal Note From Our New Managing Partner, Carolyn Tilly

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Not too long ago I was reflecting on 2017 and now just like that we are looking forward to the first signs of Spring 2018. 2017 was a year of success and achievements for Tilly Bailey & Irvine and we are working hard on building on the foundations we have laid down in the past 12 months.

In 2017, I became Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s first female Managing Partner having also become the firm’s first female partner back in 1999.  My appointment as Managing Partner coincided with the firm celebrating 175 years in business, during which time we have grown into one of the largest firms on Teesside.  Last year saw the opening of a third office in Hartlepool town centre to deal with the increase in new matters; we now have six offices across Teesside and one in Barnard Castle.

John Hall & Carolyn Tilly

Our expansion included two particularly high profile appointments – Gareth Jones and Joanne Cowie – who joined our Commercial Property team as partners.  We also recruited Wendy Beacom to our Private Family team and three of our trainees qualified as solicitors into the Corporate, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Law teams.

 Gareth Jones & Joanne Cowie

We were again delighted to be recognised for our achievements by the Northern Law Awards, being shortlisted for Trainee of  the Year and Law Firm of the Year.  And, our successes were also referred to in the Legal 500 – the UK’s Guide to Law Firms in the UK.   The firm retained its first tier ranking for Commercial Litigation with clients praising department head Alison Leith as a one-of-a-kind litigator’ and partner Kenton Bazeley was singled out for his ‘excellent legal and commercial advice.’   The Professional Negligence team was praised for its ‘impressive expertise and knowledge’ which ‘ensures clients receive an excellent level of service that is unbelievably helpful’.

The Corporate and Commercial section mentions partners John Walters and Craig Malarkey, who is also recommended for his insolvency work.  Our Commercial Property team was referred to as a ‘friendly, prompt and efficient’ practice which ‘consistently goes above and beyond to find solutions to problems that appear insurmountable’.  ‘Top-notch’ Andrew Beattie and ‘exceedingly good and incredibly helpful’ Sara Garnett are also mentioned.

The firm’s specialist Contentious Trusts and Probate department was also highlighted for ‘an exceptional service, from the initial call to the matter’s conclusion’.  Clients singled out Nicola Dalzell who is ‘a real asset in litigation with an incredible working knowledge of inheritance tax issues’, and Helen Dexter, who is ‘an excellent all-rounder’. These comments are particularly pertinent as this year we were appointed an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) which provides a best practice quality mark for Wills and Estate Administration advice. 

Online, we continued to see impressive digital growth via our website and social media channels. I am very pleased at the continuing positive effect our ‘In the Spotlight’ series has in the promotion of local North East businesses and charities.

In addition to providing a completely client-focused service by our fantastic employees we supported many charities and other not-for-profit organisations such as Butterwick Hospice, Alice House Hospice, My Sisters Place, The Moses Project and many more, some of whom we have worked with for many years.  We also sponsored the What a Wheeze 5k run for the third year which takes place at Ropner Park and has over 300 people running for asthma awareness.

I think you will agree that we have a lot to celebrate and we appreciate all the hard work and dedication by our staff to ensure that our clients receive a first class service every step of the way.

                                           Carolyn Tilly