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Double Celebrations For Tilly Bailey & Irvine

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The official announcement of  the appointment of a new managing partner in the year that we are celebrating 175 years in business.

Carolyn Tilly has taken on the role of managing partner from 1st October 2017 to replace John Hall who has spent 10 years in the role. Carolyn has lived and worked in the North East all of her life and joined Tilly Bailey & Irvine in 1990 as a trainee solicitor.  She has been a partner in the firm for 18 years as well as being Head of the Private Client Team which, under her leadership, has developed into the largest department in the firm.  John will continue in his role as Head of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Departments.


Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s history dates back to 1842 when Tobias Harry Tilly joined Edward Turnbull who had been admitted as a solicitor in Hartlepool. The firm prospered and grew over the years taking advantage of Hartlepool’s increase in trade and shipping.  Tilly Bailey & Irvine now has over 160 staff operating out of four locations – Hartlepool, Stockton, Wynyard and Barnard Castle.  It continues to provide a service to both private clients and individuals with a full range of legal services.


John Hall comments:

“Carolyn’s promotion is well-deserved and is testament to her hard work and dedication to the firm over 27 years.  Along with our celebrations of the firm’s 175 years in business, this is a very exciting time for Tilly Bailey & Irvine.”