Law firm opens door on to a new venture

Graeme  Booth and Fiona Reid of Ascroft Whiteside outside their new premises on Highfield Road
Graeme Booth and Fiona Reid of Ascroft Whiteside outside their new premises on Highfield Road
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A Blackpool solicitors is on the case for expansion after opening its second premises in the town.

Ascroft Whiteside has opened the doors to its new office at Highfield Road with plans to take on more staff as business grows.

The firm, one of the oldest in Blackpool having been founded in 1876, has its headquarters in Whitegate Drive.

The directors Fiona Reid and Graeme Booth said they made the move to be part of the local community in South Shore and because the time was right as the recession was on the wane.

Fiona said: “As a business we are now back to where we were before the global down turn started.

“This was the next step we had been planning for a couple of years.”

Fiona said the firm was founded by Alfred Ascroft and Henry Whiteside from Whitegate Drive and the current director recognised the importance of remaining part of the community. She said: “We wanted our second office to be within the town and part of this local close community.

“I am a member of Pink Link and quite a few of the women from that group had businesses in this area so I knew it was a good place to have our new shop front.

“We are very much focused on family law, power of attorney, probates, divorce and children and family work.

“We are keen to get involved locally with the traders in the area.

“We have 15 staff altogether at the moment, with six fee earners and we will be rotoring staff into our new office to start with but plan to take on more as and when they are needed as the business grows.

“We stopped doing legal aid many years ago so have not really been affected by the recent changes around that, most of our business is private businesses with fixed costs work.”

Graeme, who joined the firm in 2005 and became conveyancing director in 2012, said: “The housing market took a big hit in the recession which affected many solicitors’ businesses but things have picked up and we are pretty much out of the recession now.”