Eve takes another step forward

Eve Brelsford – our first recruit – has taken a major step forward in her quest to become a solicitor.

Eve, 25, has successfully completed the finance and business module part of the professional-standard ‘Practice Skills’ … and is now set to qualify as a solicitor in the summer of next year.

“The module represents the main part of Eve’s training and we are delighted that she has come through with flying colours,” said owner Sarah Bentley. “We see Eve as the key to our future; someone with genuine ability, a desire to succeed and a great personality. Clients like to deal with her and she has the potential to go far in family law.”

The former Westholme School student said: “Sitting important exams is always a nervous time so I am so glad to get this important one out of the way. There are a few more obstacles to overcome, but I am hopeful that I can repay Sarah’s faith in me and qualify as a solicitor within the next few months.”

Lexcel quality standard achieved!

Sarah Bentley Solicitors is celebrating a prestigious industry standard … achieved inside our first year of trading!

We have been awarded the Lexcel quality mark by the Law Society in recognition of high standards of client care and management.

Founder Sarah Bentley said: “When people see the Lexcel accreditation they can be confident that they are dealing with a firm which understands the need for excellence and can deliver the very best in service, while also being cost efficient. Our ethos is based around professionalism, practicality, discretion and support and we are very proud to have been awarded the Lexcel quality standard.”

Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession and gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards. It is run by the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales.

Lexcel-accredited firms are inspected annually and to gain accreditation they must undergo a rigorous application and assessment process.

Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, said: “Delivering good client care and maintaining a strong client relationship are essential for solicitors and those gaining and maintaining Lexcel show their dedication to go above and beyond.

“Committing to high standards in customer service and practice management is fundamentally important in today’s increasingly competitive legal services market.”

Picture Caption: Sarah Bentley (left) and Eve Brelsford proudly display the Lexcel certificate.

Expanding our ‘family’ and our base

We have taken out ‘local insurance’ with a key appointment – and doubled our office premises!

Accrington-born Assunta Wood has joined us as a legal secretary and the former Mount Carmel High School pupil brings 30 years’ experience in general administration to the role, including a spell as a company secretary within a leading insurance firm.

We have also expanded into a second office at our headquarters at Ribble Court.

“We have made real progress inside our first year of trading,” said owner Sarah Bentley. “Assunta’s arrival adds further strength to our team; her secretarial background, particularly in high level administration, is perfect for us.

“I am delighted with the team here; talented people who care passionately about their work and can offer all the skills required to help those affected by the trauma of a relationship breakdown, particularly where children are involved.”

“Additionally, the commitment to taking on extra office space will provide an even better environment for our clients and staff as we continue to move forward.”

Picture Caption: Sarah Bentley (left) welcomes Assunta