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Ward Hadaway strengthens family team with appointment of newly-qualified solicitor in Manchester

Ward Hadaway has strengthened its Family and Matrimonial offering in Manchester by welcoming newly-qualified Jodi Seddon to the team.

From left, Sally Stanway, Martin Karran and Jodi Seddon

Jodi, who has recently completed her two-year training contract, will now work alongside Family and Matrimonial partner Martin Karran and solicitor Sally Stanway as a fully-qualified solicitor.

After graduating from University of Central Lancashire, the 25-year-old from Wigan started her career after being offered a training contract in 2016.

During this time, Jodi completed four six-month seats, each one in a different department to get a flavour of different areas of law.

She follows in the footsteps of a number of senior Ward Hadaway lawyers who all joined the firm as trainees, including Corporate partner Katherine Hay-Heddle, Banking and Finance partner, Imogen Holland and Property partners Lesley Fairclough and Heather Markham.

Jodi said: “I have really enjoyed my time with Ward Hadaway as a trainee. Martin and the other lawyers have all passed on a great deal of knowledge and experience and I am ready for the challenge ahead.

“I feel particularly privileged to be working in this team. The challenge of understanding and resolving family disputes is one that greatly appeals to me. It gives me an opportunity to use my insight to bring clear solutions to clients.”

She will work closely with Martin Karran who heads the team and has 25 years’ experience in all manner of complex family proceedings and solicitor Sally Stanway who has expertise in cohabitation and trust of land matters.

Martin said: “I have always looked to promote talent at an early stage and give it the chance to shine and Jodi is one of the most exciting young recruits that I have worked with. We are delighted that she has joined us.

“She understands our ethos and the responsibility we have not only to our clients, but to the wider community. She immediately adds a fresh further dimension to our team and the firm as a whole.

“History shows that Ward Hadaway is somewhere people want to work and develop their careers and we are proud of the firm’s ability to attract and retain such ambitious young lawyers.

“Qualifying is a huge turning point for any lawyer and I would like to personally congratulate Jodi on her success so far.”

Julie Huntingdon, training principal at Ward Hadaway, said: “Huge congratulations to Jodi on her qualification. Our people are our most important asset and the recruitment and training of solicitors is a major part of the future development of Ward Hadaway.

“The high number of trainees who choose to stay on with us is testament to the supportive working environment we offer.”


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