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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS
This year Alison Fielden & Co celebrates 30 years of service to the people and businesses of Cirencester and the Cotswolds.
In 1986 Alison Fielden started the firm in Cirencester where she had been living for the last 4 years. At that time she was working in Swindon
and considering her future there. However, as a young mother with a 2 year old she had a burning desire to set up her own practice, she particularly wanted the freedom that would give her to concentrate on client service and not on the bureaucracy which goes with larger organisations.
From the very beginning, above an Indian Restaurant in Castle Street, Alison looked to create a firm which put clients first, avoided office politics and focused on doing the best job for clients.
On her own she had the ability to be flexible in meeting client’s needs, to be innovative in developing new ways of serving those clients without being bogged down in lots of discussion, bureaucracy and those dreaded office politics.
Quality has been a watchword for Alison throughout the life of the firm. She has always sought to give a quality service to clients. When she took on staff she looked to employ quality well qualified people who could do their job and give a quality service to clients with little interference from her.
Flexibility and innovation have meant that Alison could develop new services for clients and new ways of delivering those services as she saw the need. Whilst conveyancing and property related matters have always been the main field of work for Alison, in those early days she also developed a criminal practice, sadly a service she is no longer able to offer clients. She saw the need and opportunity to qualify as a Notary Public to offer additional services to local individuals and business with international connections.
To be able to offer a wide range of services to local people who could not afford them, she entered into contracts with the Legal Aid Board and Legal Services Commission, when Legal Aid was more generally available. From the outset she opened the office on Saturday mornings to enable clients who struggled during the week to come in. The firm developed a recycling policy and a no smoking policy long before those matters were popular ideas.
For Alison, and the people that she has employed, highlights have been when clients let her know that they are pleased with the job that has been well done; she delights in getting a difficult job done well.
Over the years she has got to know lots of people in the local area, local businesses, the Mayor and counsellors, members of the Chamber of Commerce but also the many clients for whom she has worked. She was a Governor at Chesterton Primary School for 24 years.
Also in 1986 Cirencester Housing for Young People(CHYP) started. Alison’s work brought her into contact with that organisation and she and the firm have always supported the work CHYP have done. In recent years they have marked “CHYP Awareness Week” by holding a cake sale on their forecourt. This year as CHYP celebrate their 30th Anniversary Alison Fielden & Co have sponsored one of their volunteers to undertake a Wing Walk to raise funds for the organisation. Later in the year members of staff at Alison Fielden & Co are planning to walk, cycle and run 30 km through the Cotswolds, hoping to raise more funds for CHYP.
Being part of the community and giving back to the community has always been important for Alison which is why for the last 2 years and again this year Alison Fielden & Co have sponsored the Christmas Lights in Cirencester.
Whilst celebrating 30 years of service to the community, people and businesses of Cirencester and the Cotswolds, Alison Fielden & Co is looking forward to continue serving that community, those people and businesses going forward into the future.
Alison Fielden & Co have well qualified solicitors and staff to advise in the following areas of law:
· Property, residential and commercial;
· Business matters;
· Family Law – divorce, finances and children;
· Employment Law, litigation and debt collection;
· Wills and Probate
alongside Alison’s continuing work as the only Notary Public in Cirencester.
Alison Fielden & Co, The Gatehouse, Dollar Street, Cirencester, Glos GL7 2AN
Telephone: 01285 653261 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org