East Yorks solicitor finds new home in Market Weighton
AN EAST Yorkshire solicitor who cut his teeth at law firms in York and Manchester has relocated to Market Weighton as his practice embarks on a period of expansion.
Simon Wise launched Wise Solicitors in 2011 after 15 years working with other law firms.
Beginning operations at Becklands Park, the practice specialised in personal injury work.
Mr Wise has now relocated to the town's Market Place, where the firm will offer the public more of a pop-in approach to legal advice.
He said: "I'm a Market Weighton lad and went to Market Weighton School, so, in a way, the relocation is like migrating back home.
"I was previously based at the business centre, which was great for a start-up business. However, as the practice grew, I wanted more of a prominent presence.
"There is another solicitor in the town who specialises in probate and wills, and occasionally she would refer work to me as an independent solicitor.
"When people came to see me, they often said they hadn't known I was based in Market Weighton, so I felt it was time to move on, not only into new, larger premises, but also by expanding the range of legal services we provide."
The move marks the first phase in the firm's transition from only handling personal injury matters to instead providing a more rounded legal service.
This will still focus on accident claims but will also include guidance on general legal matters.
"These are exciting times for Wise Solicitors," Mr Wise said. "We have built our business and our reputation in the field of personal injury but from April, new regulations will result in a change in the way this type of business is conducted.
"We see this as an opportunity to offer the people of Market Weighton and the surrounding area a more local and friendly service, instead of having to travel to Hull or York.
"It will be a much more open market and that is one of the reasons why Wise Solicitors needs to be on the high street, where we will have a prominent profile."
Mr Wise said, while there would always remain the need for an appointment system, he was looking forward to offering clients "a less formal approach to the client-solicitor relationship."
He said: "Being in such a central position will give clients the opportunity to pop in and talk to a friendly face as a first step in the procedure."