Calderdale lawyer bids farewell after thirty-eight years

Published 7th Aug 2018 by Shaida Khan

​One of Calderdale’s most experienced legal experts is bidding farewell to colleagues after almost four decades of service.

Susan Woolford, who has been a familiar face at Wilkinson Woodward Solicitors in Halifax, is retiring after 38 years of service.

Susan was born in Sowerby Bridge and attended Sowerby Bridge Grammar School before heading to The College of Ripon and York St John to study French, Linguistics and Theology.

On returning to Calderdale aged 21, she began her life-long career with Wilkinson Woodward as an Assistant Cashier in March 1980.

In 1983 Susan began her legal studies, qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 1988. Over the past three decades, Susan has been the cornerstone of the firm’s civil litigation team, handling landlord and tenant disputes, dept collection, bankruptcy, insolvency and contractual disputes.

During her career, Susan has maintained many longstanding professional relationships and has been a familiar face at the county courts in Halifax and Huddersfield, as well as representing clients in courts at Bradford, Skipton, Sheffield and Rotherham.

Ms Woolford’s many career highlights include a successful case at the Court of Appeal and she has emerged triumphant from numerous court cases concerning business to business contractual disputes.

Speaking of her legal career, Susan said,

“Since my early days as newly qualified legal executive, I’ve witnessed enormous change in the legal profession, not least the introduction of technology and changes to how people access legal services.”

She added,

“What hasn’t changed is Wilkinson Woodward’s trusted name for legal services.Although the firm has grown in recent years, it remains focused on providing the personal service for which it was known when I joined them almost four decades ago. I consider myself fortunate to have worked for one of Calderdale’s most established and respected legal practices.”

Director of Wilkinson Woodward Maureen Cawthorn said,

“Susan’s reputation in handling disputes for businesses, landlords and tenants has been built over many years of successful cases. Over the years her expertise and wealth of experience has been greatly valued by businesses and individuals alike. We wish her a long and happy retirement.”

Susan’s caseload will be taken over by James Hodgson and Nick Berry at Wilkinson Woodward’s Halifax office.

Ms Woolford, who still lives locally, plans to spend her retirement with friends and family.


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