100 years’ experience in law from three generations
Monday 12th May 2014
This week Marsden Rawsthorn will wave goodbye to one of its longest serving solicitors. After 38 years, Margaret Marshall is retiring and will be passing her clients to her son Ashley Marshall, who has just taken over as the new head of department.
Margaret joined Marsden Rawsthorn in 1986 and has worked with Ashley since 2005. The pair base their attitude to work on old fashioned values and have an unrivalled knowledge in the sector.
Commenting on his promotion at Marsden Rawsthorn, Ashley said: “I didn’t always plan to work with mum. However after reading Law at Sheffield University, I was determined to prove my abilities whilst training with Marsden Rawsthorn and worked in more than one department at the firm. I soon realised that I had a natural affiliation to Wills and Probate work and decided to carve out a career following in my mother’s and grandfather’s footsteps.”
Margaret was inspired by her dad, Brian Kirkham, the first generation of solicitor in the family. Ashley is the third generation solicitor in the family, totalling 100 years’ experience in the field. During her career the legal market has changed dramatically and Margaret is proud that these changes have been embraced and over the years she has helped to grow a proactive, reliable and knowledgeable team.
Margaret comments: “To keep up with market forces we have made a conscious commitment to focus on good client relationships and trust, something I believe is the cornerstone to providing exceptional service. It always gives us great satisfaction to see a client, who came in with what seemed like the weight of the world on their shoulders, leave with a smile on their face and a spring in their step.
“My father worked hard to build his own client base and now at Marsden Rawsthorn, it gives me great pleasure to pass the responsibility to my very capable son. Ashley really thinks outside of the box and brings a fresh perspective to the Wills and Probate department. He is proactive, enthusiastic and I have every faith in him.”
Ashley added: “I will genuinely miss working with mum, we have a brilliant working relationship and I have learned so much from her. It is easy in our profession to be perceived as dealing solely with legal matters; however mum has taught me the importance of compassion, trust and understanding.
“With the changes in the market, it is more important than ever to demonstrate value for money and our wealth of experience. I am looking forward to growing our department and building upon the level of service we already provide.”
Margaret concludes: “With Wills and Probate, dealing with sensitive and testing situations becomes second nature. It is very important to me to leave this department with a level of continuity. Our clients are familiar with the Kirkham-Marshall dynasty and I know those who use the services at Marsden Rawsthorn will be in safe hands with Ashley. Law is definitely in our blood and I am proud to see it passed down to the third generation.”
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