Elen Hughes joins My Local Solicitor
Like so many, solicitor Elen Hughes has needed to completely change the way she balances her home and work to meet the needs of both her clients and family over the past year.
Yet at the end of 2020, she came across the perfect solution: My Local Solicitor Ltd., a new concept where ‘mobile solicitors’ offer clients a more approachable and flexible law service. So after 12 years at Martin & Associates in Pwllheli, Elen will soon be joining My Local Solicitor; offering wills, probate and powers of attorney.
“I’m delighted to be joining My Local Solicitor Ltd., offering my legal services to clients who, like me, need flexibility, but from someone with experience,” she said. “I’ve been qualified for nearly 10 years and I still love the law, so I look forward to bringing that passion and commitment for my clients, as well as redressing my work/life balance with my young family.”
As a salaried partner at Martin & Associates, Elen supported a large number of clients with wills, probate, civil litigation, powers of attorney and family law. But while her commitment to her clients never waned, she says the past year has shown her that solicitors can work differently:
“Trying to juggle case files with bringing up my boys (Deio, 12, Tomos, seven and Elis, five), particularly at the start of the first lockdown when the schools shut, was incredibly hard. I kept thinking that everyone was getting a tiny bit of me, but not the whole of me.
“On the flipside, seeing clients virtually and working remotely was proving to me that I could do my job successfully from home whilst still being there for my family. I enjoyed my legal career, loved seeing more of the boys and just needed to find the right balance… then I discovered My Local Solicitor Ltd. It was exactly what I’d been searching for.”
Fluent in both her mother-tongue Welsh, and English, Elen hopes to support clients from across Wales, and into England, from her home on the Llŷn Peninsular. Her husband, a Civil Engineer with Gwynedd Council, has been hugely encouraging of her career move.
“Being in lockdown here really made me appreciate what a beautiful place the Llŷn is,” says Elen. “This quiet environment gave me the opportunity to take stock in 2020, and to confidently make a plan for 2021.”
Since undertaking work experience at a legal firm during high school, Elen has been committed to a career in law, achieving her LLB at the University of Liverpool before heading to the College of Law in Chester.
“My love of the law is very much still there, and I know that this move to My Local Solicitor will restore the balance for me personally, whilst also giving my clients an affordable, professional and flexible legal service delivered by an experienced solicitor who acts with their best interests at heart.”
Based in Cheshire, My Local Solicitor Ltd. is a new approach to legal practice, one where the structure aims to be more approachable and caring so clients receive a service local to them, wherever they are.
Founder Marta Williamson said: “I’m delighted to welcome Elen Hughes to the MLS family. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a strong work ethic that I know will ensure her clients receive a superb, bespoke legal service.”
Explaining the MLS model, she added: “At so many established firms solicitors are forced to manage hundreds of files at one time. This results in overworked and unhappy solicitors who, struggling under their workload, are unable to deliver the same level of quality and detail across their cases. Our vision begins with how solicitors are paid. By empowering them to keep the majority of their billings, we allow solicitors to assume smaller caseloads and focus their attention on the specific requirements of their clients, providing a more professional and dedicated service.
“Our vision is to create a perfect balance between work and home life through realistic workloads, supportive working relationships and improved payment structures.”
Elen will be joining My Local Solicitor Ltd. from February 2021 and can be contacted on 01244 478 730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“I look forward to this exciting new step in my legal career,” she added. “And the opportunities it will give me to offer the very best service to my clients.”