Latimer Hinksis one of the first legal firms in the Country to embrace business structure reforms which allow law firms to appoint non-solicitors as partners.
The Darlington-based firm has promoted Andrew Way, a Senior Legal Executive and Manager of the Private Client Department, to Partner.
This follows a revision of regulations to allow solicitors to join in partnership with barristers, conveyancers and non-lawyers.
Tim Haggie, Managing Partner at Latimer Hinks, said: "The changes have been introduced to encourage innovation and more competition in the legal services market through more flexible forms of practice.
As a go-ahead, progressive law firm, Latimer Hinks was keen to recognise Andrews enormous contribution over the years. For the future we can look forward to the possibility of partnership with excellent people with a range of disciplines - beneficial for the business, and, in turn, with benefit for our clients.
Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession and has been qualified as a Legal Executive for 25 years.
He specialises in Inheritance Tax and other Tax Planning issues, Wills, Probate, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Community Care and Long Term Care issues, asset protection, personal affairs and all elderly client issues. Andrew is well known locally and regularly presents talks, workshops and seminars on his specialist areas.
Andrew, who is married with two teenage sons, has lived in Darlington for most of the last 40 years and his hobbies are playing squash, fell walking in the Lakes and following Middlesbrough FC.