Getting to know Lucy

As many of you will know, Orchard Employment Law was started just over two years ago by founder Jemma Fairclough-Haynes. Jemma’s aim is to support employers throughout the lifecycle of an employee, to promote employee engagement and to minimise the risk of litigation.

Jemma has recently been joined at Orchard Employment Law by Lucy Torble. Lucy joined us on 5th December, as Personal Assistant to Jemma.

Lucy’s Work Experience

I have many years experience within the legal profession, starting over fifteen years ago as a Re-Mortgage Case Handler at a busy law firm in Canterbury. I then moved on to be a Conveyancing Assistant at another law firm in Canterbury, where I assisted the Conveyancing Solicitors with all aspects of buying and selling property.

From there, I moved into Private Client work (this includes Wills, Probate and Court of Protection matters) as a Legal Secretary. After four years here, I then moved to Broadstairs as a Conveyancing Paralegal, and then to Faversham as a Conveyancing Executive.

I then left the legal profession for around ten months to have my son Ethan, returning to work in May 2016 as a Private Client Paralegal on a part-time, temporary basis.

After this contract finished, I decided that I wanted to spend all of my time with my son and so left the legal profession completely. My husband runs his own content marketing and social media strategy business and I assisted him with various different aspects of this during my time off.

Our son is now attending nursery a couple of days a week and I felt that the time was right to venture back into the legal profession and start to re-discover myself (and not just being Ethan’s Mummy and Richard’s wife!) and my love of law.

About Lucy

I love being able to help people and my knowledge of law and legal practices enables me to assist individuals and businesses with many different aspects of UK legal matters.

I love being pampered, and would quite happily spend an entire day, if not longer, at a spa! I also enjoy reading, which, admittedly, is difficult with a toddler but I do try. And what girl doesn’t like shopping?

I have a small addiction to tea, but it has to be made just the way I like it – strong with just a dash of milk. My husband still hasn’t got this right. And what better way to enjoy a cuppa than with a few biccies dunked in.

I hate most forms of exercise, but I have recently discovered a self-defence system called Krav Maga. It is a brilliantly effective self-defence class which is specific to modern day threatening situations. It is a simple method and so much fun.

I am very excited to be working with Jemma and I look forward to helping to grow the business further with her.

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