A Year in the life of FJG
24 December 2014 by Paula Fowler
The year has been a hectic one. We’ve seen a world cup in brazil, the most expensive winter Olympics in history and a spacecraft landing on a moving comet to name but three of the many events from the last 12 months. At Fisher Jones Greenwood it’s been just as eventful, with even one of our commercial solicitors talked up by Barack Obama… sort of.
A major milestone in our expansion across Essex happened in June when we moved into our brand new office on Baddow Road in Chelmsford, a position which has made us much more visible within city. The move was another chapter in our affinity with the city since we first arrived in 2010. A successful merger with Budd Martin Burrett in 2011 has allowed us to focus on growing our commercial and personal services in the city and surrounding areas.
Another exciting launch this year was our new online legal service, MyFJG, testament to our continued commitment to innovation. MyFJG offers a free library of guidance which helps businesses to understand their legal issues and provide simple solutions. Also available is an online document drafting tool which allows users the freedom to get access to legal documents wherever they are. These documents can then be checked by one of our in house lawyers. As its Christmas, we are also giving away 5 free downloads so click here to see more.
Back in April this year we were also delighted to promote solicitors Beth Baird, Julie Hoy and Kevin Booroff to partnership members. Beth Baird heads up the Employment team and is based in the firms Chelmsford office, whilst in Billericay, Julie Hoy specialises in Commercial Property and Kevin Booroff in Commercial litigation and Family Law. The promotions saw the firms’ partner number increase to 20.
Also this year Amy Herring successfully qualified as a Solicitor having joined the firm back in 2011 as a paralegal. Her story of ‘School to Solicitor’ was one of our highest read blogs this year as we increased our blogging output like never before! A blog by Thomas Utting on Amazon buying twitch was the most popular of the year while topics ranging from Ikea catalogues to the Scottish referendum right through to funeral song choices also made the top five.
In other happy news from the year, many of our staff have also been fortunate enough to welcome fledglings of their own into the world. Siobhan Taylor welcomed not one, but two babies early in year and this feat was repeated again as Wendy Savill also had twins later in the year. We extend our congratulations to a whole host of mothers also; Jess Martin gave birth to Daisy and in the summer Nichola Merry-Lidbury had a little baby boy called William. Lisa Hutcheson extended her family with the arrival of Rose and was joined shortly afterwards as Hannah Beck said hello to Sophia Poppy. And just in time for Christmas, Sam Brown has had a baby girl called Olivia Anna. We wish you all the best of luck and hope you all enjoy this very special first Christmas together.
As the year has drawn to a close our staff have been braving the cold in order to raise money for worthwhile causes. In Colchester our staff ditched the usual office attire for some festive outfits as they took part in the Santa Run, an annual traditional now at Charter Court. The response from fellow staff members has been fantastic so far and we are pleased to announce we have raised over £500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH). There is still time to donate if you wish; you can do so by clicking here. On the same weekend we also took to the streets of Billericay raising yet more money for charity at the Billericay Christmas Market.
Looking forward to 2015 we are excited about new specialisations in intellectual property and renewable energy and another year of sustained growth and innovation. We would like to thank all our clients, new and old for helping us towards a great 2014 and here’s to an even better 2015!
From everyone at FJG we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.