North and East Yorkshire-based law firm, Pinkney Grunwells LLP, opened their new offices at 23 Exchange Street in Driffield last Wednesday.
They opened their doors to the public at 9am in order for people to visit and had their first appointments during the afternoon.
Pinkney Grunwells specialise in Agricultural law, Property law, Civil litigation, Family law and Wills and probate.
Seven current employees will be based on Exchange Street, including three who are local to Driffield and the Wolds.
Partner of two and a half years, Hayley Garnett, 38, will be in charge of the Driffield branch and lives in Nafferton.
Hayley, who served her training at their head office in Scarborough, specialises in Civil litigation, which deals with issues in the civil courts with anything from negligence to boundary disputes.
She said: “Here at Pinkney Grunwells, we offer a wide area of expertise and will offer specialist services from our Driffield branch.
“We offer a lot of agricultural work and as Driffield is classed as the county
capital, we hope to service more farm-ers in the area who currently travel through to our Bridlington office making it more convenient for them.
“At the moment, we employ over 60 staff in our five branches and seven will work in Driffield but we anticipate that as our workload increases there will be opportunities for more jobs for local people.
“We are looking forward to being part of the growth and economic pros-perity of Driffield”
Pinkney Grunwells have been in existence since 1938 under several guises and the Driffield branch is their fifth in the east coast region, with other branches at Whitby, Hunmanby and
Bridlington, as well as a head office in Scarborough.
They are committed to providing comprehensive legal advice with the highest level of client care.
They are now the third law firm in Driffield and Hayley thinks that the competition can only be a good thing.
“Driffield had seven law firms at one point so I’m sure that three will create some healthy competition,” she added.
“We offer certain services that the others don’t and also offer all our ad-vice from the Driffield office meaning our clients won’t need to travel, so we’re very confident that we can succeed.”
Manda Faulkner, who has been with Pinkney Grunwells for six years as a legal secretary and works in the private client department, currently lives in Driffield.
She said: “I think having myself and another colleague living and working in Driffield, as well as Hayley living in Nafferton, can only be of benefit for both us and our clients. It’s great that local people are working here and hopefully familiarity will make clients and potential clients more comfortable as they will see a friendly face.”