Simon James
Lichfield law firm Ansons Solicitors is celebrating its senior partner’s 30th anniversary of being a qualified legal professional. Simon James began his career with Haden & Stretton Solicitors in 1977 as an articled clerk spending his first year in Walsall before moving to the firm’s Lichfield office in 1978 where he h as remained ever since. Mr James qualified in 1979 as a solicitor and began specialising in commercial property and agriculture in the mid 1980s. He was promoted to partner just a year after qualifying and progressed to be managing partner and then senior partner of the firm which was by then known as Hadens Solicitors. More recently in 2004, Mr James became one of the founding partners at Ansons Solicitors which was formed as a result of a de-merger from Hadens Solicitors. Today, and in addition to being senior partner of Ansons Solicitors, he heads the firm’s commercial property and agricultural law departments from its offices in Lichfield. Mr James is also deputy chairman of St Giles Hospice, a director of Lichfield Festival and a member of the Rotary Club of Lichfield. He said:
“The last 30 years have been truly enjoyable and along side the hard work and seriousness of being in the legal profession I have had some great laughs and experiences meeting many exceptional and interesting people along the way.”


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