Sarah’s serving up a new role

Restaurateur-turned-lawyer Sarah Davis has been appointed to the family law team at Vincents Solicitors after qualifying as a solicitor.

She will be working as part of Vincents’ eight-strong family law team, at both the Preston and Lytham offices. Sarah will deal with issues including advising separating couples on divorce and child support issues, pre-nuptual agreements, trusts and wills, and supporting senior colleagues with cases involving children and care proceedings.

She also volunteers at the Hope Centre, a domestic violence clinic in Preston, providing advice and undertaking legal work to gain injunctions for women and children at risk. Accredited by the Legal Aid Agency to attend police stations across Lancashire, Sarah will also act as on-call duty solicitor and provide legal advice to clients following arrest.

Sarah was delighted to be offered the role within the family team, she said: “I am extremely pleased to have qualified and very grateful to have secured a position with Vincents. It’s been a long eight years getting to this point and I will be continuing to learn, working alongside some extremely experienced colleagues in the family law and criminal teams.”

Prior to choosing a career in law, Sarah owned and ran a successful restaurant on the Fylde coast, Sassy’s in Cleveleys, for 10 years. After enjoying an A-Level law course at night school, Sarah decided to sell the business with the dream of pursuing a full time legal degree. After completing her course at the University of Central Lancashire in 2009, she was offered a training contact with Vincents.

Partner Mark Mosley, head of the family law department, said: “While new to law, Sarah is not new to business and she has impressed us over the last three years with a quick grasp on the legal concepts, a no-nonsense business acumen and an ability to really connect with her clients.

“Sarah’s experience in running her own business gives her a good appreciation of the commercial elements of the job, and she has a real ability to deal with people in a friendly yet professional manner. She is a confident advocate and an excellent new addition to our team.”

Sarah will split her time between the firm’s head office in Preston and the Lytham office working alongside Chris Matthews, head of private client services, to provide family law advice to customers on the Fylde coast. Headquartered at Winckley Square in Preston, Vincents Solicitors has six regional offices in Garstang, Longridge, Knott End, Penwortham, Colne and Lytham.