UK Legal Awards 2023

As Knaresborough’s longest established law firm, Greenwoods Solicitors (Greenwoods) is well known for its active contribution to the local community. A large proportion of the firm’s clients have been with Greenwoods for many years and have built a relationship based on trust and the assurance that the firm will be there with them every step of the way through their transaction. “We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service and having a fantastic relationship with our clients,” explains Camilla Greenwood.“We are efficient, competent, and like to offer a personal service to all of our clients by being accessible in person, over the telephone, and by email.” Having an open-door policy to the hight street is something which clearly set Greenwoods aside form competitors, with many clients popping in for a chat, and even bringing their dogs along on their daily river walks! This friendly approach extends to the office staff too, as Camilla likes to operate the business with a family feel – especially as most team members have been with the company for many years. Camilla is the daughter of the original Founding Partner, Lynda Greenwood, and took over in 2022, alongside Chartered Legal Executive, Dawn Hudson, who has been with the firm for 23 years. Greenwoods remains, therefore, very much a family owned and run business. “Everyone is treated like family, equally and respectfully,” Camilla elaborates. “We try to avoid an attitude of hierarchy and all members of staff make cups of tea and attending to archiving, from director to secretarial support.” Naturally, the loss of the Senior Partner meant that a plan had to be implemented to future-proof the business, which included incorporating the firm into Greenwoods Solicitors Limited to ensure that it could continue to provide the local community – and further afield – with legal services for many years to come. With developments during SQE 1 & 2, Camilla is now looking to encourage existing staff through the career development journey to qualify as solicitors whilst being able Mar23156 Best Residential Conveyancing Firm 2023 – North Yorkshire & SME Judges Choice Award (North Yorkshire): Greenwoods Solicitors Originally established by Lynda Greenwood, Greenwoods Solicitors is now run by the Founders’ daughter, Camilla, who took over following her mother’s death in 2022. As Lynda was a proud Knaresborian, a committed solicitor and a dedicated mother, Camilla is keen to follow in her footsteps and offer the firm’s services and support to the local community. We find out more from Camilla as the firm is rewarded for its dedication with two prestigious accolades. to continue to work at the same time. “Lynda was a firm believer in supporting budding lawyers achieve their career goals and we continue to have this ethos,” she states passionately. “We are confident that the personal service that we offer sets us apart from the rest, particularly in a clients’ time of need, such as the current cost-of-living crisis.” Recently, for its hard work and dedication, Greenwoods was recognised in the UK Legal Awards and bestowed with not one, but two, prestigious accolades, these being Best Residential Conveyancing Firm 2023 – North Yorkshire and SME Judges Choice Award (North Yorkshire): Greenwoods Solicitors. “We are extremely proud of each and every one of our team and so grateful for their support during the immensely difficult time we experienced last year,” enthuses an understandably delighted Camilla. “With this support and resilience we are now in a position to accept not one, but two awards from SME News and we are absolutely thrilled. We couldn’t do it without our wonderful staff and clients!” As the future beckons, the practice has expanded its conveyancing team. And what a practise it is! With a ream of five-star reviews under its belt, it seems that this is only the start for a bright and lucrative future for Greenwoods with Camilla and Dawn at the helm. Z Clark recently used the firm and couldn’t be happier, stating: “Would highly recommend Greenwoods who handled the conveyancing for our recent house sale and purchase, and also did our wills. They provided excellent communication and service throughout and responded to all our many queries promptly and clearly.” Likewise, H Chandler was similarly impressed with the service receiving. They said: “Dawn has done our conveyancing for as long as we can remember. We move house a lot! She is extremely professional, reliable and if she says she is going to do something you can rest assured it will be done. We have recommended her to so many people. Sandra is a superstar on reception too. Wouldn’t use anywhere else.” Contact: Camilla Greenwood Email: Company: Greenwoods Solicitors Web Address: Greenwoods Solicitors