A SENIOR partner at a local solicitors, celebrating 30 years in business, is to become Birmingham Law Society’s first Solihull president.
Les Szostek and Martin Allsopp founded Allsopps & Co, which now has practices in Solihull High Street and Poplar Road, on February 1, 1983.
“It’s unusual for a partnership to last so long,” said Les, aged 60, who puts the firm’s three decades of success down to staff and client loyalty.
“Our clients are so loyal, we act for their children and in some cases, even their grandchildren.”
“We’re a happy firm,” added Martin, aged 61, who qualified as a solicitor 39 years ago.
“All of our staff stay, we inherited our secretary Ruth in 1974 and she is still with us. You don’t find that any more.”
Martin said that, before retiring, he had wanted to give something back to the law community and young solicitors.
So when he was invited to become Birmingham Law Society (BLS) president this April, he was happy to accept.
“I dislike politics intensely but I wanted to give something back.
“I’m certainly the first working in Solihull to become president.
“My idea is to bring the law to the people. Take it out to High Streets around the West Midlands.
“Explain to people why they should use us at Solihull.
“It’s about us putting our heads above the parapet.
“Around 75-85 per cent of work comes from Birmingham, but there are lots of areas around Birmingham.
“It’s my turn, to turn up on the High Street to say, ‘Oi, what about the other 15 per cent’?”
Current BLS president, Chris Owen, praised Martin’s plan to create ‘pop-up’ offices to take law to the people as a “very good idea” while Les added: “We are all very proud.
“Its a great achievement.”