Local mum of two Caroline has recently opened a new business in Cottingham – Caroline Harraway Solicitors. The firm cover all aspects of legal work including Family Law. She has previously written Wills for me and my husband so I can vouch for what a good, affordable service she provides.
Unlike most solicitors, Caroline offers a first consultation free. She has an open door policy and encourages people to pop into their newly opened office on George Street in Cottingham and meet her and her team. She has also started doing Saturday morning drop-in clinics once a month where you can pop in and have a cuppa and a chat about any legal issues that are bothering you (the next is May 12th 10.30am-12noon).
I met up with Caroline to find out more about her……
How did you get into a Legal Career? I studied law at Hull University from 1999-2002 before beginning my first ever full time position at Andrew Jackson Solicitors in December 2002. I learnt my way around a busy, large legal office. Skills that have never left me and later proved invaluable to my career. I then enrolled in the Legal Practice Course in York and quickly gained a training contract before qualifying as a solicitor in 2006. I became a partner in a successful firm in 2009 and then a director and equity partner in 2011. I am now the sole director and owner of Caroline Harraway Solicitors.
What made you set up the new firm?
Anyone who has embarked on a career in law will have faced difficulties along the way. I could probably write a fairly entertaining book on the trials and tribulations of a legal career choice! As well as the male dominated working environments (still very apparent even today) and the pressures of the job generally, the main difficulties were usually from my own high expectations. In a nutshell, I overcame the problems by setting up my own law firm. Gone were the office politics, or the constantly applied pressure and far too large caseloads. I could work flexibly, around my family, and found I could provide a ten times better service to my clients whilst maintaining a healthy, happy me.
What makes you different?
• We listen to our clients then confirm exactly how much our service will be. We do not charge per letter or telephone call. • There are no hidden charges so no nasty surprise bills. • We work around the clock – if you work full time, we can see you on an evening or weekend. • We offer free home appointments. • We still offer a free initial appointment. • We cut out the legal jargon and just get on with it. • We actually care about our clients and their desired outcome. We act for you, not the other way round. • We don’t break promises. We update our clients and have the jobs done on time!
We hope to maintain longevity, a loyal client base and an unfaltering reputation to deliver what we promise.
How are you finding being in your new offices?
We’re over the moon with our new offices in Cottingham. They are huge and in the most attractive double fronted period property with original sash windows and an abundance of kerb appeal! We chose them because they are well situated in a large and lively village, they have disabled and ground floor access but most strikingly they were the former offices of local resident, Gwendoline Drury (now deceased). We’re honoured to keep the doors open to the offices that housed the successful female led firm of solicitors in Cottingham.
Ten spacious rooms form our building which is unique and interesting in its style and history. We’ve freshly decorated the offices in our colour scheme of black and rose gold and have recently presented our new “gold room” which is our luxurious meeting room, complete with a feature rose gold sparkly wall, leather sofa and comfortable dining style table and chairs. Who doesn’t like some sequins and sparkle to inspire the mind and promote a drive for success!
What have you planned for the future?
We are soon to entertain our clients, friends and family at a launch evening, complete with bubbly, canapés and entertainment plus we are having “Open Mornings” on the first Saturday of every month to provide the community with free legal advice and a complimentary Yorkshire cream tea! The next Meet, Greet and Eat morning will be Saturday 12th May 10.30am-12noon. Please do pop in.
We are also hoping to actively recruit other like minded people from the legal sector and are also offering a specialist in house Trainee Program for school leavers to be trained from post room assistant all the way to Legal Executive or Solicitor.