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The Residential Property team at Wallace Robinson & Morgan solicitors based in Solihull town centre have seen some staff changes over the last few weeks.

Tim Langford, head of the conveyancing department at the firm, said: "It was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye and thank you to Maureen Thompson who has retired from the firm after being with us for 22 years. Although Maureen's retirement marks an end of an era, we are pleased to announce that the department has recruited two new members of staff. In addition, one of our secretaries has been promoted to become a paralegal within the team. We are delighted to continue to have such a strong team that will enable us to continue to provide a quality service to our clients."

Maureen Thompson started her legal training with Wallace Robinson & Morgan in 1994, qualifying in 1996. She admits she was "more mature" than the average trainee having made the decision rather late in life to train as a solicitor. She said she was very greatful to Paul Hughes, director at the firm, for "taking a punt on her". Paul will happily admit it was a great decision to offer Maureen a training contract as she was a model trainee and after qualification quickly established herself as a very valuable member of the residential property team. Maureen's skills, knowledge, great client service together with her work ethic and commitment to the firm meant she rose up through the ranks and was made a Partner in the firm in 2000 and was later made a director of th firm.

Maureen will have a busy retirement as she is involved in arranging social and fundraising events in her home town and serves on the local Parish committee. She also enjoys travelling and will now have more time to spend with her large afmily. She particularly likes spoiling her grand-children and will now have more time to visit her two sons (and one of her grand-children) who live in Australia.

Although Maureen will be missed by her colleagues, they have been happy to welcome Michelle Layton into the residential property team. Michelle is a very experienced conveyancer and has settled into the role very well. She specialises in in residential conveyancing, taking pride in her work and knows how stressful moving home can be. She does everything in her power to make the moving process as easy as possible. Michelle is supported by another new member of staff, Linda McAteer who is also a welcome addition to the secretarial team.

The firm is also pleased to report that Heidi Ryder has been promoted into a new role. Heidi joined Wallace Robinson & Morgan as a Legal Secretary in 2004 and is now a Paralegal within the residential property department. She provides assistance to one of the senior directors and supports the other members of the firm's conveyancing department. Heidi started her training to become a Legal Executive in 2015. She has now completed her first year and is working towards the Level 3 CILEx Diploma.

Wallace Robinson & Morgan's residential property solicitors and conveyancers, Tim Langford, Paul Hughes, Asia Bi and Michelle Layton are all accredited members of the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) - the mark of excellence for the home buying process. They are based in offices in Solihull and Dorridge and can eb contacted on 0121 705 7571 oe