Blackburn law firm expands with new appointments

Blackburn-based commercial law firm Garricks has strengthened its service offering with the appointment of two legal specialists.

Jeanette Berry joins Garricks as an associate having worked and trained at Preston-based Brabners.

Jeanette, who is originally from Blackburn, will be heading up the firm’s private client department, advising individuals on wills, trusts and estate planning matters, including full estate administration, powers of attorney duties and inheritance tax planning.

Meanwhile, Ashlea Thornton, formerly a paralegal at Russell and Russell Solicitors, joins Garricks as a trainee solicitor.

The 24-year-old, who lives in Bromley Cross, Bolton, will support the firm’s specialist corporate and property teams.

Andy Herricks, partner at Garricks, said: “The appointments of Jeanette and Ashlea strengthen the firm and will help expand our private client service offering, with both already proving to be a real asset to both the firm and our clients.”

Jeanette completed a fast-track law degree at Blackburn College before attaining a legal practice certificate from the University of Central Lancashire in 2008. Jeanette has also been a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP) since July 2012. Ashlea graduated from Sheffield University in 2011 with a LLB honours law degree before completing a legal practice course at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012.