Kelly Bannister has been appointed as the new director at James Legal Solicitors after just three years at the firm.
Ms Bannister has worked in the legal profession for 14 years and, at age 35, is now the second director, alongside Nick Miller who set up James Legal in 2007.
Having worked in other law firms in Hull, Kelly has specialised in Commercial Property, dealing with a large number of cases in a busy working environment. Timing is key in property law and it is Kelly’s professional attitude and motivation that impressed Nick Miller. He said:
At James Legal we are all about client service and teamwork. Kelly is a true team player and regular feedback from clients supports the fact that she goes above and beyond the call of duty to help them. Kelly was promoted to Head of Property 18 months ago and this move to director is a natural and well deserved progression.
Kelly is not just a talented property solicitor, but after many years of experience in Commercial Property she is able to provide valuable business insight as well.
I am very pleased that Kelly has accepted the position of director and I look forward to continuing working together, helping the firm to grow in all of its business law activities.
“It feels good to have hard work recognised and I feel really happy to be given this opportunity. During my time at James Legal the firm has grown significantly and continues to do so as we recruit and expand our departments. It is exciting to see those changes happening and I am happy to be a part of this.”
I am probably quite young to become a director, and think it is great that overall the legal profession is becoming more diverse and more young professionals are being given the opportunity to progress.
I qualified over ten years ago, it was hard working 30 hours a week during my degree, and then full time whilst studying for my LPC to fund it. It wasn’t easy but was worth it in the end.”
I moved to James Legal three years ago and although partnership/directorship wasn’t really something I had been looking for in the past, it seems like a natural progression here. I think it is like a marriage – you need to find the right match to give you that push to want to go further.
My day to day role will not change significantly. I will still continue to work hard for my longstanding clients and I enjoy networking and meeting new clients, but I am looking forward to being able to work with Nick to develop James Legal further.
Our ethos is to stay away from the traditional legal stereotype and offer something different. Nick works on the basis that a happy team leads to happy clients. The working environment is relaxed, which is important when everyone is so busy and the job in itself is stressful, so we always make sure that we take time out to have ‘mad moments’ in between the hard work.
For more information on James Legal visit www.jameslegal.co.uk.