New Directors Save the Day!

Thomson Hayton Winkley has announced the appointment of two new directors, Kate Seymour and Stephen Greenwood, to join existing directors John Cooke and Simon Theobald.





Pictured L to R: John Cooke, Kate Seymour, Simon Theobald, Stephen Greenwood

Thomson Hayton Winkley has announced the appointment of two new directors, Kate Seymour and Stephen Greenwood, to join existing directors John Cooke and Simon Theobald.

Stephen and Kate’s appointment took place just before the government lockdown was introduced and they immediately had to become involved in crucial management decisions about the coronavirus situation. Director John Cooke says: “Coincidentally, both Simon and I became ill with suspected Covid 19 at the time when the lockdown started and we were both at our homes feeling really unwell. Kate and Stephen stepped into the breach straightaway, and working with our fantastic practice manager, Alison Hine, made all the necessary arrangements so that the business could continue during the coronavirus crisis”.

Like many businesses, Thomson Hayton Winkley have had to furlough members of staff, with others having to get used to working from home. John says: “Organising this took a great deal of hard work and a lot of strategic decision-making at short notice. All of our staff have been brilliant, but having Kate, Stephen and Alison to take over the reins at such a critical time really helped to save the day”.

Kate has been with a Solicitor at Thomson Hayton Winkley for 12 years, after working for some years in Bristol and London, and Stephen has been with us for 5 years, after 23 years with another local law firm. Stephen is a Chartered Legal Executive. Both of the new directors live with their families locally, Stephen in Kendal and Kate in Sedbergh. Stephen specialises in residential property work and is based at the firm’s Kendal office. Kate works between the Kirkby Lonsdale office and the firm’s agricultural office (known as The Rural Law Practice) at the Junction 36 Rural Auction Centre. She specialises in agricultural and commercial property.

Kate and Stephen say: “Thomson Hayton Winkley have a great reputation and we have come to know our colleagues and clients really well. We are both very excited about this new opportunity.”

In welcoming Kate and Stephen as directors, Simon Theobald says: “We have always done our best to provide an excellent level of service for our clients. During the lockdown, we have of course tried to keep things moving for clients, but the most important thing has just been to keep in touch with them. This is helped to reassure our clients that we are always there for them. Having people of the excellent quality of Stephen and Kate as directors of the firm reinforces that message. We have a great team of people working here at Thomson Hayton Winkley, at our offices in Kendal, Windermere, Grange over Sands, Kirkby Lonsdale, and at The Rural Law Practice. We are all looking forward to getting back together again as soon as the government restrictions start to lift, so that we can get on with doing what we do best”.



Published 2 June 2020

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