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Law firm marks major milestone

Law firm marks major milestone

Published at 6:03am 19th May 2016. (Updated at 2:30pm 19th May 2016)

Harrogate law firm Berwins Solicitors is celebrating its 30th birthday this month.

Founded by Paul Berwin in 1986, the business is well-known across Yorkshire for its expertise in property, family law, private client and business law, but with a distinct national and international standing in IT or 'digital' law.

The firm started out when Paul opened a small office above what is now the Co-operative Bank.

It now employs 50 people and has a second office in Leeds.

Paul said: "As a firm, we already have a well-established commercial base in Harrogate where the business community is very strong and growing all the time.

"We focus on our five specialisms - Property, Life, Family, Business and Digital - and have developed a strong reputation in each of these fields."

Three years ago, family solicitor Sarah Smith stepped into Paul's shoes as Managing Director, allowing him more time to develop the commercial and digital side of the business and establish the Leeds office.

Paul added: "Sarah has been a fantastic figurehead and has further developed our ethos of teamwork and community."

Berwins has just won the Best Charitable Company Award at Stray FM's Local Hero Awards, recognising its dedication to community initiatives and charity fundraising.

Paul has personally raised over £40,000 for charity in the last 15 years and inspired his 50-strong team to get involved too.

After he took part in the Tel Aviv Marathon, the firm raised £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support last year.

Paul said: "Everyone who works at Berwins is part of that adventure and we're looking forward to the next 30 years."