BHP Law expands family law team
North East-based firm BHP Law is expanding its family law team and has taken on two new members of staff who both faced challenges when deciding to pursue a career in law, says the firm.
Nigeria-born Amanda Adeola spent her teenage years in her home country before relocating to the UK, determined to pursue a career in law. On arriving in England as a 15-year-old, she lived in London and later studied law in the capital, before moving to the north of England in 2007, after her husband started working in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Ms Adeola qualified as a solicitor ten years ago and joins BHP Law as an Associate. She worked for law firms in Darlington and Middlesbrough before joining BHP Law.
She says she first had ambitions to be a lawyer after becoming aware of the corruption in her home country, where her father fought in the Nigerian civil war.
“Nigeria is a fantastic and vibrant country with so much passion and resources; however, I saw so many injustices growing up that I wanted to have a career which would allow me to make a difference,” she said.
“I like to think that, every day, when I deal with someone’s divorce or arrangements for children, that I’m helping them during a difficult time and making a positive difference.”
Leanne Walker studied for her degree while being a mother and working full-time. She decided to pursue her ambition of a law career after working as a trading assistant for a groceries wholesaler.
“Law appealed to me because it seemed really interesting – but I’m still not sure how I managed to study for an Open University degree while working full time.”
Ms Walker has worked as a legal secretary and paralegal, which involved advising clients on mortgage and rent arrears, as well as family law. She joins BHP Law as a trainee legal executive
The firm says that their appointments at BHP Law represent an expansion in the team to meet demand for family law services.
In addition to divorce, separation, financial matters and arrangements for children, the family law team at BHP Law also advise on pre-nuptial agreements, civil partnerships and co-habitation.
The firm has offices at Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Stockton and Tynemouth – and as well as family law and matrimonial matters, offers legal services in Commercial and Agricultural Property, Property, Court of Protection, Personal Injury, Employment Law, Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts and Probate, and Notary Public services.
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