Solicitors open new branch in Leyburn

Michael McGarry, whose firm McGarry and Co. has opened a new branch in Leyburn.

A solicitor is opening a new office in the town where he cut his teeth in the legal trade.

Leyburn will be the location for the latest office of expanding solicitors, McGarry & Co.

The company is opening refurbished premises at 7 Railway Street in the beginning on October 2.

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It’s a return to his roots for Michael McGarry who worked from 1997 as a legal executive for Johnsons Solicitors between their Leyburn and Hawes offices.

Mr McGarry qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and became a partner at Richard Johnson & Partners until 2009. Michael established his own company in 2010.

In the intervening seven years, McGarry & Co has grown to have offices in Barnard Castle, Hawes and Sedbergh.

The company offers a wide variety of legal services, including family law, commercial and residential property conveyancing and general commercial law with a particular specialisation in agricultural and rural issues.

The Leyburn office will be led by James Fawcett, an associate solicitor of the firm and a local man, with support from Michael McGarry and the nearby Hawes office, as well as the practice’s other specialist lawyers.

Mr McGarry said: “With the closure of the previous law office here, we saw it as a perfect opportunity to return to clients both James and I know well.

“We offer a very personal service to our clients and are more than happy to visit them at their premises or homes to initially discuss their legal challenges – it’s maybe an old fashioned idea but we do believe in very high levels of service and want to get to know our clients so we can best advise them.”

“The practice has been based upon our expertise in not only land, property, Wills, probate and tax but also in general family and commercial law. We obviously have a particular interest in rural issues where our policy of going to see our clients rather than waiting for them to come to our offices has been very well received by busy clients – we provide a service and never forget our clients have a choice.”

“Whilst we already have many clients around Leyburn and the surrounding villages, an office here will enable us to give an even better personal service to both them and new clients. It’s an interesting time legally with a good deal of uncertainty about agricultural subsidies following the Brexit referendum and this year’s changes in Inheritance Tax creating new levels of relief to name but two current issues.”

“It will be great to have an office again in Leyburn as the town has such good memories for both James and myself and the whole practice is looking forward to the opening on October 2nd.”

Richard Johnson and Geoff Mochrie, the other well known former partners of Richard Johnson & Partner Solicitors, endorsed McGarry & Co’s move into Leyburn.

Richard said: “I am pleased that Michael and the McGarry & Co team are re-establishing in Leyburn a place where my firm, my late father and I enjoyed practicing over more than 50 years. I know McGarry & Co will provide an outstanding service to clients, many of whom I have been privileged to call friends throughout my career”.

Geoff added: “This is great news for the local community both in Leyburn and further afield in Wensleydale as I know McGarry and Co will continue our own ethos of high levels of client service. Michael and his practice provide a very personal service in an impersonal world.”