A FORWARD-thinking legal practice in East Lancashire has bolstered its 'family'.

Sarah Bentley Solicitors, which specialises in family law, has appointed Falon Whalen to the Padiham based firm.

The 22-year-old from Oswaldtwistle, an alumni of Swansea University and Manchester University, arrives with a Distinction in Family Law from her legal practice masters course.

Sarah said: "Earlier this summer our first appointment, Eve Brelsford, qualified as a solicitor and we will now do all we can to help Falon develop her career. Our policy is to give local youngsters a genuine training opportunity in family law - with first-hand experience - and Falon is a perfect fit for us."