Our dedicated family law team has been strengthened with the appointment of Laura Hitchen as a Solicitor in our Sale office.
Since moving to practice in Manchester in 2012, Laura has developed a strong reputation for herself winning “Lawyer of the Year” at the Made in Manchester Awards 2015 and being shortlisted in the Insider North West Young Professionals Awards.
Following the changes to the legal aid system in 2013 Laura undertook a considerable amount of work offering training and events to charitable organisations so they could assist service users access legal aid and also develop a greater knowledge about issues affecting the community. Some of the high profile speakers included Tony Lloyd MP, Polly Neate, the CEO of Women’s Aid and Shabana Abassi MBE, Senior Head of Service at CAFCASS. Laura has established two successful legal clinics for local domestic violence support organisations in Manchester and in 2016 was invited, along with members of Wythenshawe SafeSpots, by Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, to the launch of the “Scrap the Fee” campaign at the Labour Party Conference. This nationwide campaign aims to stop victims of domestic violence from being charged GP’s fees to obtain a letter confirming they are a victim of domestic violence, one of the forms of evidence which can be needed in order to access legal aid.
Laura has built close relationships with a number of charities and support services across Greater Manchester and is well placed to suggest sources of support for her clients.
On her new appointment, Laura comments: “I am thrilled to be working alongside Tony Broadley, the head of the well-respected childcare team at Linder Myers. Tony has a great reputation in Manchester and an incredible depth of knowledge. I hope my clients will benefit from the wealth of experience available in this growing and dynamic team”.
Learn more about Laura here