So­lic­i­tor marks ‘dream’ 10 years

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS - EMMA CURRY

ALAW firm which started in the founder’s din­ing room is cel­e­brat­ing 10 years in busi­ness.

Nick Strat­ford set up Strat­ford Solic­i­tors in 2006 in a bid to spend more time with his twin son and daugh­ter, then seven.

He ran it from his home in Prest­bury for 18 months, be­fore rent­ing premises in which to see clients for an­other 18 months, and fi­nally mov­ing into the firm’s cur­rent home on Lon­don Road, Poyn­ton, in 2009.

Nick, 48, who is now the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Strat­ford Solic­i­tors, ex­plained: “I used to work in the cen­tre of Manch­ester, but I was al­ways home late and I didn’t see my fam­ily enough.

“I wanted to see more of my kids, so I set up my own firm from home.

“I started out in my din­ing room, just me.

“Then I took on a trainee so­lic­i­tor called Lau­ren Sum­ner, and she’s been with the com­pany ever since.

“Once peo­ple come, they seem to stay.”

The firm now em­ploys six solic­i­tors, a trainee so­lic­i­tor, a trainee le­gal ex­ec­u­tive, and sup­port staff, and Nick said ‘it has been a dream ride’.

“We do ev­ery area of law other than crim­i­nal,” he added. “It’s not that we are bet­ter than any other law firm, but we of­fer a spe­cial ser­vice, as we work Satur­days and do evening vis­its

“Clients seem to stick with us. Ev­ery year we have grown, even through the re­ces­sion, and we get a lot of lo­cal clients.

“Peo­ple know we are here and trust us.”

Nick was thrilled to cel­e­brate the firm’s 10th an­niver­sary on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, the staff planned a cel­e­bra­tory lunch, with a big­ger cel­e­bra­tion to fol­low.

Nick ex­plained: “I asked what ev­ery­one wanted to do and they said ‘let’s come into work, spend some time to­gether’.

“It’s a Satur­day, but we all wanted to be here, and maybe go for lunch to­gether to cel­e­brate.

“They are also talk­ing about go­ing go-kart­ing at a later date. If that’s what ev­ery­one wants to do, we’ll do that. I am su­per proud, the busi­ness is my pride and joy. It sounds sad, but I ac­tu­ally look for­ward to com­ing into work. We all know each other so well now, it’s more like a fam­ily here than col­leagues.”

●● Nick Strat­ford and his Strat­ford So­lic­i­tor ‘fam­ily’ of em­ploy­ees

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