What is your role at Davis Blank Furniss?
I’m the senior partner at the Glossop office.

How long have you been at the firm?
I’m proud to say that I am one of the firm’s longest standing employees as I’ve been here for over 30 years – I joined as a trainee in 1979. The business has, of course, evolved hugely in that time so it’s been a great honour to be part of it.

What are your specialist areas?
I act in a several key areas of Law; mostly notably residential property, property & developments as well as wills, trusts, probate and care of the elderly.


Why did you choose a career in law?
My father worked in industry all his life and although he enjoyed his work, he always felt vulnerable to changes in the company over which he had no control. He was therefore eager to ensure that my brother and I went into the professions. My brother became an accountant as he liked figures and I became a solicitor as I enjoyed reading research and meeting people!

How do you see the legal sector changing over the next few years?
Lots of different providers of legal services are now starting to appear in the market place so we will have to see how well they fit into the existing system. The evolution in technology has also changed – and will continue to change – the way a solicitors’ office operates. Many clients now choose to communicate via email and that can mean less personal contact but as a firm, we are all still committed to providing a truly personal service. Instructing a lawyer shouldn’t just be a simple business transaction as we deal with people’s lives.

What are your personal goals for your department?
Simple – to continue to provide a personal service to the people of Glossop.

Outside of work, how do you like to spend your time?
I try to travel with the family as much as possible. We love exploring every single inch of Italy and enjoying La Dolce Vita.

Do you have a motto that guides your professional and personal lives?
You don’t have to have the last word to win an argument and never let small issues become big problems!


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Excellent experience start to finish – always very responsive to any queries and the turnaround on the property I was buying was very quick, even in the busy time leading up to stamp duty deadline. Jenny was always very helpful and went above and beyond to close on a short timescale.

Ben Armitage

“Very approachable, practical solutions to problems, but most of all very responsive which I personally think is very important because if you need help, you need it quickly, or at least to know someone is looking at it for you”.

Joanne Rowe, Finance Director, Greater Manchester Chamber

“Always able to contact, very approachable, friendly and professional”

Nives Feely, JAM Recruitment

“I believe I have been able to establish a professional working relationship with everyone I have come into contact. Importantly, I sense the relationships which have been established give me the confidence that I can make contact with Davis Blank Furniss at any time and on any matter. I would also like to express my thanks to the very impressive “gatekeepers” who work in reception, not only for making me very welcome, but also for their professionalism”

Bill Pryke, CEO, Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

“Thank you for your efficient and friendly help throughout this process. We have had it easy but your approach has been part of that”.

Robert Amsbury (Conveyancing Client)

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for the ongoing support and assistance the firm has offered to our parents over the years. I hope also that we may be able to call on you if necessary in the future.”

Valerie Fisher (Probate Client)

“Jo always provides great service, understands our needs and delivers on her promises. Our needs are relatively simple but the complexity arises out of the volume of work and short time frames, Jo always delivers.”

Peter Fernandez, Corporate Director at Royal Bank of Scotland

“A big thank you to all who dealt with my wife’s claim… We would not hesitate to recommend Davis Blank Furniss to anyone that may be in a situation like we have been…”

Anon (Personal Injury client)

“Before putting my case in Kirsty (Morbey)’s capable hands I’ve met a couple of other solicitors. None of them listen to me as intently as Kirsty and showed me as much empathy and understanding as she did. Simultaneously she was able to look at my case from legal perspective, explain all the options and follow each of our meetings with written summary of the discussed matters (in timely manner). Her advice was invaluable and led me to successfully ending the case matter (hopeful for good). I’m forever grateful for he work and would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for reliable, knowledgeable and committed solicitor”.

Anon (Family client)
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