Long servers honoured – and Chris and Liz make ‘guest’ appearance

Father Christmas brought more than just presents when Devon law firm Wollen Michelmore celebrated their Yuletide staff party.

Long service awards were also handed out to 23 employees from across Wollen Michelmore’s office network in Torquay, Newton Abbot, Dartmouth, Barnstaple and Exeter.

Around 170 people enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner at Torquay’s Imperial Hotel where chief executive Chris Hart and wife Liz made a ‘guest’ appearance as they recover from a transplant operation. Liz donated a kidney to Chris and he was quick to praise her for the life-saving gift.  

Clive Meredith practice director presented the long serving staff with their gifts which included a bottle of bubbly. Clive said: “It’s a real pleasure to present these awards to our staff who have contributed so much to the firm through their many years of service. They have all seen so many changes in the firm and embraced them all. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to celebrate their long service with them. “

(Wollen Michelmore staff line up for a photograph after their long service awards at the firm’s Christmas party at Torquay’s Imperial Hotel.)

Tim Hook, a solicitor in dispute resolution at Wollen Michelmore’s Barnstaple office, has clocked up 43 years. Not far behind on 35 years were finance director Andrew Guthrie and Maurice Clarke, a partner in property in Barnstaple.
Deborah Baker, a partner in the family section at Barnstaple, Linda Hodgson, secretary in property at Newton Abbot, and Susan Castell, PA to Chris Hart and based in Torquay, also joined the 30-plus club.
Award winners were:

10 years: Sarah Matthews (receptionist), David Moate (office records administrator), Edward Lee (associate solicitor), Alexandra Jenkins (partner), Elizabeth Rigden (legal assistant).
11 years: Janet Coulter (secretary).
13 years: Anne Dudley (receptionist).
14 years: Mark Roome (partner), Charlotte McGregor (partner).
15 years: Emma Smaldon (secretary), Amanda Angus (paralegal), Jon Dunkley (partner).
17 years: Annette Knapman (secretary), Gillian Jones (partner).
20 years: Rebecca Procter (partner).
25 years: Nigel Wilkie (associate solicitor).
28 years: Richard Phillips (partner).
30 years: Linda Hodgson (secretary), Susan Castell (PA and IT administrator).
33 years: Deborah Baker (partner).
35 years: Maurice Clarke (partner), Andrew Guthrie (finance director).
43 years: Timothy Hook (solicitor).

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