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Two colleagues with a combined 36 years' service at a town centre solicitors timed their retirement to finish work 'Thelma and Louise' style on the same day.

Such is the friendship and working partnership between Valerie Warner and Carol Evans they pledged to etire together because they 'can't work without each other'.

This meant Carol delayed her retirement from Wallace Robinson & Morgan Solicitors until Valerie's leaving date at the end of April. Valerie has been with the company since 2001 and leave as head of its private client department, dealing with wills, probate and power of attorney. She has been supported by legal secretary Carol for all those years.

"They're like Thelma and Louise, running off into the sunset together - but they assure me they won't be driving off any cliffs," said Helen Gamble, Practise Support Manager.

"We wanted to say a proper goodbye and thank you to Valerie and Carol, so we booked a room at a local hotel and 40 staff enjoyed a chocolate experience with a quiz all about chocolate and tasting sessions in teams. It was a great send-off and something a little bit different."

Valerie's retirement plans involve a holiday in California to meet her daughter while Carol plans to enjoy her love of antiques by attending fairs and events.

Carols and I had our 'Thelma and Louise' leaving pact for a while beacause we can't work without each other." said Valerie.

"Iv'e enjoyed my 21 years with the business and now I plan to start enjoying my free time. Next week we're off to California to meet our daughter who lives in Australia," she added.

Carol said: "I'm planning to have a rest for a couple of month and then we're going on holiday to Ireland. My husband and I plan to travel around the country attending antiques fairs."

Sarah Mochan is now taking on the role o fDirector and head of department with solicitors Ruth Nolan, Charlotte Fox and Hayley Palmer and the support team all working to ensure that Valerie and Carol leave their department in safe hands.

Wallace Robinson & Morgan was founded in Birmingham city centre in 1855 and now operates from offices in Solihull and Dorridge.

The expanding practise has enjoyed a period of growth and staff promotions with former trainee solicitor Daniel Zakis working his way up to becoming a department head and director of the firm.

Vanessa Warren has also been promoted to become one of the firm's new directors and Ruth Nolan has been promoted to an associate solicitor. Their promotions coincide with the appointments of William Key, Samantha Smith, Asia Bi, Charlotte Fox and Hayley Palmer as assistant solicitors, while Louise Dalton, Charlotte Judd and Liaquat malik joined the business as paralegals.

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