Wendy Edwards has moved in to the role at Archers Law having initially joined the firm in the wills, probate and trust team nine years ago.
Wendy, 31, graduated from the University of Teesside with an honours degree in law in 2005 and was taken on by Archers within a year.
She went on to study with the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives, which requires the student to obtain both academic qualifications as well as five years’ full-time experience working in a specialist area of law.
On completion of that she then went on to study the legal practice course with the University of Law in York at weekends while working full-time to qualify as a solicitor..
In 2014 she was made an associate solicitor, and her rise to the position of partner is the next stage of her development at the Stockton-based firm.
Wendy said: “It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this stage, but I’m absolutely delighted to be made a partner. This is something I have always had ambitions to do, and I am very much looking forward to being a bigger part of this dynamic and successful firm.”
The firm’s wills probate and trusts team consists of five solicitors, two legal assistants and six legal secretaries, and Wendy’s new role will see her take on the management of this department.
She added: “We pride ourselves on giving high-quality, specialist service. In the Teesside area there are just six solicitors who are registered with the organisation Solicitors for the Elderly, and three of those work in the wills probate and trusts team at Archers Law.”
Solicitors for the Elderly is a national organisation which provides specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people.
Wendy added: “Four of our solicitors are also members – two full members and two student members – of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, which we believe, in a competitive market, shows our clients that we are highly-qualified and trusted advisers.”