New head for Vincents in Garstang

Private client specialist set to launch local business initiative

Solicitor Lisa Lodge has been recruited to head up Vincents Solicitors’ Garstang office. Lisa, a private client law specialist, will lead the team at the Garstang office in providing advice about Wills Lasting Powers of attorney and assisting clients with probate matters. The office also has a conveyancing department that can deal with residential conveyancing and commercial legal services to local businesses and members of the community.

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience as a solicitor. She is now based in North Lancashire and has thrown herself into the local community in Garstang, joining the local Women’s Institute and will be taking part in the annual Victorian Day celebrations this weekend.

She said: “Garstang has a great community spirit and the team tells me that the Victorian festival is one of the highlights of the year. We will be dressing appropriately for the event and we’re looking forward to throwing open the doors and sharing a mince pie or two with anyone who wants to come and say hi, everyone is very welcome.”

Lisa is also hoping to provide additional support to local businesses and clients with the creation of a new networking group and by launching a series of seminars providing free advice on legal issues, including changing legislation and requirements. The first is being held at Dewlays Cheese in the A6 in February in conjunction with FMB financial advisors, and will look at wills, and lasting powers of attorney. Lisa says “This is an excellent time to review your will .The law and taxation rules change all the time and it is important to ensure your legal affairs are up to date. More and more clients young and older are choosing to appoint an attorney to help them and their loved ones if they become unwell and unable to manage their affairs” Lisa’s focus is very much about dealing with this now to save a lot of expense.

Lisa said: “We want to provide opportunities for the area’s many rural businesses to come together, along with the town’s independent traders and established family firms. We know people are busy, so the events will be designed to help with both personal and commercial issues, and hopefully they’ll get chance to make useful connections as well.

“It’s building strong relationships which really matters to us. Our office is already very much a community hub, particularly as we share space with the Yorkshire Building Society, and that’s something we’d like to build on. I’m absolutely happy for people to come in without an appointment to have a chat about something that’s on their mind, there’s always time for that, and I’ve already found people here like that relaxed approach.”

Vincents was originally established in Garstang in 2000 and, while its headquarters has since moved to Winckley Square in Preston, the practice has invested in its Bridge Street office with a number of new recruits over the last few years. It remains an important part of the firm’s commitment to providing a local service for local people.

As part of a Lancashire-wide network of seven offices, Vincents can also provide a range of broader legal services including corporate and commercial property, personal injury, motoring and criminal expertise.

Phillip Gilmore, Vincents’ managing partner, said: “Vincents is a traditional law firm with a modern approach to customer service and a deep commitment to the communities it serves. The familiar, high street solicitor is a hugely important part of any community, giving people access to good lawyers who have the expertise to help them with whatever issues come their way.

“Lisa has an excellent track record and is extremely enthusiastic about continuing the great work that has been done by the Vincent’s team in the town for the last 15 years.”

Lisa far left is pictured here with her team at Vincents Garstang office.