An East Lancashire law firm has added ten new legal specialists to its team following a period of growth.

Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall, which has offices in Accrington, Blackburn, Clitheroe and Rawtenstall has recruited Olivia Cobham, Rahel Goni and Lucie Rushton to its business law team, with Catherine Ackroyd, Tom Barton, Angela Brown, Melissa Cooper, Louise Conroy, John Llanes and Jennifer Parkinson joining its divisions that specialise in advising individuals and families.

Olivia Corban joins the firm’s Blackburn office as a commercial property paralegal, supporting the team on commercial property transactions.

Wills and probate specialist, Catherine Ackroyd, joins WHN’s Great Harwood office as a private client solicitor from Burnley firm, Smith Sutcliffe Solicitors; and Tom Barton has taken up his new paralegal role at the firm’s Blackburn office, joining from JS law.

Angela Brown arrives as a residential conveyancer from Bank View Solicitors in Blackburn and will be based at the Great Harwood office, with Melissa Cooper joining the firm’s Clitheroe team as a residential conveyancing solicitor.

Louise Conroy and John Llanes join as paralegals; Louise was previously assisting a senior district judge at Blackburn Family Court and will be based in Clitheroe supporting the family law team.

John joins the firm’s Rawtenstall office to support its conveyancing team.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Parkinson, who has more than 15 years' experience, joins as a conveyancing executive from Southerns Solicitors in Burnley and will be based in the firm’s Rawtenstall conveyancing team.

The ten appointments follow a period of growth for the firm and Michael Shroot, WHN Solicitors CEO, said: “We’re experiencing strong growth right across our business, individual and family law teams.

"The growth in new instructions has been borne out of our reputation and commitment to help our clients achieve their legal goals and make a positive difference, leading to a raft of recommendations.

“We will continue to invest in our capabilities and future by recruiting leading solicitors as well as training the best in class of legal graduates.

"I am delighted to welcome this new group of passionate professionals.”

WHN Solicitors recently received two national accolades for its expertise - it was ranked by Chambers and Partners in its 2022 guide to the UK’s leading lawyers, featuring the firm in the North West Real Estate Litigation category with director, Daniel Long, also ranked as an individual.

And its commercial litigation and corporate and commercial law teams also secured a place in the 2022 edition of Legal 500, known in the industry as the definitive guide to lawyers.