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WELCOME: Michelle Jenkins-Powell and Graeme Quar of business lawWELCOME: Michelle Jenkins-Powell and Graeme Quar of business law firm Graeme Quar & Co, which has offices in Fareham and Petersfield, Hampshire. Michelle has been brought in to offer a new in-house service for wills and estate planning for businessmen and women.

 

Business law firm Graeme Quar & Co is to open up a new division.

The firm, which has offices in Fareham and Petersfield, is rolling out the service for wills and estate planning to existing and new clients across the region.

Michelle Jenkins-Powell, a solicitor with a background in accounting, has been recruited by founder and managing director Graeme Quar to head up the venture.

Previously with Gosport-based Donnelly and Elliott Solicitors, Michelle will operate out of a newly-leased office within the same business park where the Fareham office is – Furzehall Farm, Wickham Road.

Graeme said: “My colleagues and I are were continually receiving requests from trusted clients to advise them legally on wills and the complex world of estate planning.

“In the past, because we only specialise in business law, we’d pass the work on to other legal firms.

“However, it was clear that we could develop this peace-of-mind service in-house, once we had the right person in place. That person is Michelle, who is an expert in this particular field.

“With the launch of the division, it means we can offer clients the one-stop service they have been asking for.”

In its 20th year, the 17-strong firm advises companies, small-to-medium enterprises, partnerships and sole traders. The other office is at Lyndum House, 12 High Street, Petersfield.

Michelle lives locally and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

She is the latest appointment at Graeme Quar & Co, which has had two years of record growth, with a 89% increase in staff numbers over the same period.

The others are Kate Bradbury, a specialist in franchise agreements and other commercial contracts, Robert Harris, a consultant solicitor with 40 years’ experience in commercial property, corporate law consultant Lorna Palmer and Michael Dalton, a senior commercial property and business solicitor.