Why Baines Wilson?

Discover why Baines Wilson is the career choice for some of our Partners and Lawyers


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SEAN LOGUE – PARTNER/HEAD OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

“We relocated as a family from London in 2001. My wife and I are both from the North West area and we wanted to be closer to family and to bring the kids up in Cumbria. I’ve grown the firm with John Wilson since then and can honestly say that, to my initial surprise, the work we do has always been challenging and interesting. It is always good quality but much more varied than what I would have done in London, had I stayed, where I was destined to be a development specialist.

Cumbria has been a great move for the whole family. My kids have been lucky enough to go to an excellent state grammar school in Penrith. My wife is a tax adviser and works for a good firm of local accountants”

JOHN WILSON – CONSULTANT/COMMERCIAL

“I wanted to live and work in Cumbria. I’d seen how niche commercial firms worked elsewhere in the county and had supportive clients so I founded Baines Wilson in January 1999. In case you were wondering “Baines” was my mother’s maiden name. We’re just a great team which we are keen to add to over the next year or so”

ANDREW HILL – PARTNER/HEAD OF CORPORATE

“I was persuaded to relocate to Cumbria by my wife mainly for lifestyle reasons and my wife was right – it’s been a great move. I’d worked with large national/regional law firms but in a smaller commercial firm like Baines Wilson you are so much closer to the clients and their businesses and much more in charge of your own destiny. The workflow and the quality of work is great and the departmental team working on deals is exceptionally good”

JOANNE HOLBORN – PARTNER/HEAD OF EMPLOYMENT

“I relocated from the North East in 2008 having been head of legal at EEF North. I’m an outdoors person and wanted to spend all my time in Cumbria, not just the odd weekend. Frankly when I joined I didn’t believe that the quality of work was as good as I was being told but I took the job anyway! It soon turned out that what I’d been told was true. We have great clients and it’s very satisfying work. I live in Keswick and I’m on the fells very regularly”

ELIZABETH SEWELL – ASSOCIATE/COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

“I’d trained with a local general practice in Carlisle and jumped at the change to retrain with Sean at Baines Wilson. The work is always interesting and the property team is tight knit and very well established in the region”

DUNCAN HARTY – PARTNER/COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

“I got lucky! I grew up in Cumbria but spent lots of time in the South East (where much of my family still live). It was enough time to know that that wasn’t a location for me! I had time away in Newcastle and Manchester but could never beat my home town for leisure and recreation. The rugby club was (and still is) a spiritual home. After training elsewhere locally I made the decision to stay in this area and did so under the misapprehension that it equated to a life/ work compromise. I was wrong! Sean and John agreed to take me on as an NQ and Sean then re-trained me from scratch. I have spent the last 12 years working in the commercial property department with Sean and others. It’s been tough exhilarating and rewarding. It’s made all the better that I undertake work that many large firms would love to have within walking distance of my spiritual home! My kids get to grow up in an environment and location that many are not lucky enough to experience. To cap it all off I was invited to become an equity partner 3 years ago at the age of 32.”

ELIZABETH BLACK – PARTNER/HEAD OF LITIGATION

“I’d been commuting from home in Garstang to Blackburn and Manchester for many years. The opportunity to work closer to home without any reduction in quality of work plus better career prospects led me to join Baines Wilson. I can see that the opportunities here are huge and having been with both large and small commercials law firms I can wholeheartedly say “small is best”.”

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LYNNE MCFAUL – ASSOCIATE/COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

“I’d worked in Manchester and Liverpool with DWF and Weightmans before we decided as a family to relocate to Cumbria, where we’d had a holiday home for many years. It’s been a great move for us all. Professionally, I am doing excellent quality work for some great clients”

TOM SCAIFE – PARTNER/EMPLOYMENT

“I’m a South Cumbrian, did a law degree but then worked in training and development for a client of the firm. I met John at my then employer’s Christmas party and, to cut a long story short, I ended up training as a lawyer with the firm. The employment team is unique in acting for businesses only. We undertake work for many of the region’s larger employers, together with SMEs, family and national businesses”

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STEPHANIE BRADLEY – SOLICITOR/COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

“I trained with the firm and qualified into Commercial Property 18 months ago. For me, being able to have an excellent commercial legal training here in Cumbria was fantastic. We work open plan and I learn so much from the lawyers around me. I also love living and working in my home town”

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KATE PARKER – ASSOCIATE/CORPORATE

“I relocated to Cumbria with my husband and family from London for lifestyle reasons following 17 years working in city firms. It’s been a brilliant move for us all and professionally, I have been impressed by the broad scope of business activity and opportunity present here in the North West and the range and quality of our work.”

CAROLINE RAYNER – ASSOCIATE/EMPLOYMENT

“I have always been lucky enough to practice in Lancaster, and remember really sitting up and taking notice when Baines Wilson opened its Lancaster office. I then had one of my now colleagues on the other side of a matter and ended up coming to speak to John and Jo about a potential move. I was of course already well aware of Baines Wilson’s excellent reputation. However after learning more about the firm, the quality of its lawyers, the type of work and the fact that it acts exclusively for employers as part of its commercial offering, I was sold and have never looked back.”

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LAURA BARNFIELD – PARTNER/COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

“I qualified at DLA Piper in Leeds and prior to joining Baines Wilson was at Pinsent Masons in Manchester for the previous 6 years.  Whilst having been brought up and educated in the Lancaster area, I thought (incorrectly now, I know) that working in a smaller city would not offer me the same things I had been experiencing in the likes of Manchester and Leeds.  The firm has a strong flow of work, exceptional clients and the work I am involved with now is of a similar profile and no less intellectually challenging than that which I was previously doing.  The local business community is very collegiate and welcoming, and getting to know fellow professionals is both enjoyable and rewarding.  The economy here is extremely strong, opportunities are plenty and you have the chance to properly integrate yourself into it all.  From a locational viewpoint, I love the fact that I am living in an area of outstanding beauty, whilst knowing that when I want to I can be in Manchester within the hour or just a two and a half hour train ride away from London.”

IMOGEN DUCK – SOLICITOR/LITIGATION

“I moved to Lancaster after finishing a biology degree at the University of Leeds.  I grew up in London and Houston so initially Lancaster did not seem big enough for me but now it is home.  We have the best of both worlds as we are close to the Lakes and Dales as well as cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.  I came to Baines Wilson because the firm offers interesting and high quality commercial work in Lancaster. It is a great place for me to learn and progress as a solicitor without needing to live in a big city.”

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SAMANTHA-JANE AMOR – SOLICITOR/CORPORATE

“I’m a West Cumbrian and joined Baines Wilson as a trainee as I thought I’d get the kind of training I’d get with a major city commercial firm but here in Cumbria. Turns out I was right!”

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