Three new recruits at growing WHN

Law firm Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors, which has seven offices in the North West, has made three new appointments as it continues its growth.

Karen Trafford has joined as head cashier and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the Rawtenstall-based accounts team, which handles accounts for the whole practice.

She has worked in legal accounts for 30 years and will be working closely with managing director Simon Brown, as well as head of finance Mike Gillibrand.

Paul Medcalfe has been appointed as IT manager and will oversee the firm’s IT and communication infrastructure, while working with staff across all offices and departments.

He joins WHN from Jack Ross Chartered Accountants, where he was director of innovation for over two years. Previously he worked in a senior IT capacity at a number of businesses including Slater and Gordon, Fentons Solicitors, Boots and Halfords.

As a specialist conveyancing solicitor, Joanne Haselden will look after all aspects of residential property transactions from the firm’s Accrington office, working closely with head of conveyancing Graham Ireland.

These appointments come at an exciting time for the firm as we continue to invest.

She was recruited by WHN from Donald, Race & Newton Solicitors in Burnley. Previously she worked as a solicitor at Farnworth Rose, and Southerns where she undertook her training contract. Joanne completed her law degree and Legal Practice Course at the University of Central Lancashire and recently completed a level 1 BSL sign language course.

Michael Shroot, director at WHN Solicitors, said: “Karen, Paul and Joanne bring specialist expertise to diverse areas of our practice, but share common ground in their commitment to helping to build the WHN brand across Lancashire.

“I am confident they will enjoy productive and successful careers as the firm continues to grow, while further improving commercial efficiency. Their appointments come at an exciting time for the firm as we continue to invest in developing the business.”