Leicester law firm names new MD

Vicky Jones

Lawson-West Solicitors has appointed Vicky Jones as its new managing director.

Jones, previously head of the Probate, Wills and Trusts team at the Leicestershire law firm, has been an active board member for several years. She was replaced by associate solicitor Phoebe Skarlatos as head of that department in April 2022.

Jones joined the firm in 1997 and is a STEP-qualified Wills and Probate solicitor.

Her predecessor David Heys will start a new life as a specialist business growth consultant following the appointment. Lawson-West will be Heys’ first client. Heys became managing director of the firm in 2016 having joined as head of commercial and residential property in 2004. He became a partner in 2007 and led the commercial arm at Lawson-West until 2019.

The company is predicting a £4.6m turnover this financial year.

Jones said: “Having been with Lawson-West since 1997, I have seen a lot of changes from early offices in traditional high street premises at Uppingham Road, Market Harborough and Wigston and all the activities of the firm then and how our firm has grown and developed to be the firm it is today with accessible business locations and modern facilities. I’m familiar with and proud of the quality legal services we provide in commercial and property, conveyancing, dispute resolution, employment, family law, probate, wills and trusts.

“I’m delighted to be appointed as managing director of Lawson-West Solicitors leading an extremely strong board with ambitious plans and highly talented heads of department, so you can be sure Lawson-West will continue to grow and prosper.

“We operate a successful legal business, offering clients a law firm that provides quality legal advice, exceptional client service standards and we value success for all our clients and their legal and resolution needs.”

Heys said: “I am incredibly proud to have been part of Lawson-West. I am a problem solver and I love helping people, whether they are clients I am helping to achieve their business dream and aspirations or coaching and mentoring colleagues to achieve their full potential.

“Lawson-West is unique amongst its competitors because we are not a conventional law firm of fusty old lawyers.  From top to bottom our staff are focused on helping clients and, more importantly, supporting each other so that clients get our best possible service and this is reflected in client feedback on our service-focused approach and depth of care given by our staff.”

He added: “Excellence in client service is Lawson-West’s top priority and sets us apart from our competitors. My departure is another example of our careful strategic planning and I’m delighted to hand the reigns over to my friend and fellow director Vicky Jones, a dedicated, highly competent and exemplary lawyer and leader who has had an amazing 26-year career at Lawson-West having worked her way up through the firm.  All of the directors love working with her and I know great things will come of her appointment.”

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