Historic day as women step up

Clive Marquis-Carr with Clare Jackson and Emma Schofield
Clive Marquis-Carr with Clare Jackson and Emma Schofield
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A BLACKPOOL and Lytham legal practice has appointed female partners for the first time in its 112 year history.

Clare Jackson and Emma Schofield join the new team of seven partners at Roland Robinsons and Fentons.

Roland Robinsons and Fentons partner Clive Marquis-Carr said: “Like all growing practices we need senior expertise in all the right areas.

“Clare and Emma’s skill and experience established them as stand out candidates for partnership status.

“They have both consistently excelled with us over several years. Their promotion reflects not only our gratitude for their efforts, but also our determination to retain the best legal minds on the Fylde coast.

“It’s something of a curiosity that they have become our first female partners. It is just the way the practice has evolved. We expect our partners to be leaders in their field as well as team players to contribute to the success of the firm.”

Clare, 33, from Kirkham, has a wide variety of specialities including property law advice for landlords, tenants, purchasers and sellers. She also advises on welfare benefit, debt recovery plus civil litigation.

She said: “I am thrilled to become a partner with a firm which has offered me such a rewarding career. The housing sector in Blackpool and the Fylde coast offers many unique challenges and I enjoy representing both landlord and tenants and assisting them to overcome these challenges.”

Emma, also 33, from St Annes, deals with family law and specialises in Children Act matters. She is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and handled an international abduction case which was featured in news throughout the world.

Emma said: “I’m delighted to become a partner with one of the Fylde’s best-known legal firms. It’s a firm that has given me wonderful opportunities to work in a field I care passionately about.”