A Wakefield solicitor is growing her own law firm after taking the decision to leave the security of employment behind and start a business with the support of the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency.
47-year old Susan Barrington-Binns, from Wakefield, had worked in a range of practices, large and small, since qualifying as a solicitor 20 years ago and specialises in construction law.
She always considered starting her own firm, where she could practice law in the way she wanted, but was always nervous about taking the leap into working for herself.
After leaving her job with a law firm, she was placed onto the New Enterprise Allowance and worked with a business mentor from the Enterprise Agency to plan starting her own company. Barringtons Solicitors was formed in March 2013:
“I had a dream for ten years to have my own firm, in particular my own legal practice, so that I could run a business my own way. But I definitely do not think I would have done it if I had not had the support of the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency. I had the ambition, the dream and the drive but I lacked the tools and the confidence, which they gave me.”
Susan’s business philosophy is to give high quality to clients with a first class service at a very cost effective price. Throughout the process of setting up in business she had the support of a business mentor from the Enterprise Agency. She adds that this was vital:
“Once I was placed onto the New Enterprise Allowance, it really was plain sailing. I had very good support from my business mentor who was kind, helpful and very encouraging.
“More than anything she provided a sounding board, someone who wouldn’t laugh at me when I asked the most basic of questions and who genuinely cared about me and my business as I was starting up.
“I continued to meet with her even after my business became established because of the huge support she gave to me and Barringtons Solicitors.”
Susan now has exciting plans for the next ten years. She is passionate about promoting the work of women in law and has expanded Barrington’s Solicitors since starting up by taking on another barrister and now a trainee solicitor.
Veronica Baldwin was Susan’s business mentor through the start up process. She said:
“From the moment I met Sue, I knew her business would succeed. She had a very clear focus on what she wanted her business to be and worked hard to get there. She used our sessions as a sounding board and to explore every aspect of her business. I am delighted to see how her business has gone from strength to strength.”