Burslem solicitors firm celebrates change of name with gifts to needy
A FIRM of solicitors is celebrating almost four decades in Burslem by handing out gifts to people in need.
Arthur Boulton Solicitors, which as of yesterday is known as Nowell Meller, has been in the town for 37 years.
Now, to mark the achievement and the change in the firm’s name, it is planning to give 37 presents to the elderly and homeless people.
Director Debby Hackney, from Baddeley Green, said: “Arthur Boulton Solicitors merged with Stafford practice Nowell Meller in 2007, but as it was such a well-known name in Burslem we kept the trading name.
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“As we’ve grown and become more established people have been getting confused with the two names.
“So we decided it was time for our Burslem office to become Nowell Meller Solicitors.
“We have been involved in a lot of community work, and we want to do that more and more.
“We couldn’t let 37 years as Arthur Boulton Solicitors go unmarked so we decided to give out 37 gifts.”
The presents will go to elderly residents at nursing home Creative Support in Leonora Street, and the homeless through Swan Bank Methodist Church in Swan Square.
Debby added: “We will give things like chocolates and toiletries to Creative Support, and items like scarves and gloves to Swan Bank as a token of our support for the Burslem community.”
Pauline McIntyre, aged 49, from Tunstall, is a legal executive at the firm.
She said: “I’ve been here for 12 years.
“At first it was a small family business and it has grown from there.
“We always try to do something for the community, so I think this is a great idea.”
The practice was set up in 1975 by Philip Boulton, after he left solicitors Ellis Moxon – a firm which had links to a practice set up by Philip’s grandfather Arthur Boulton in 1889.
Philip, whose father Douglas was also a solicitor, took his grandfather’s name for his new practice in Burslem.
He was joined in 1975 by Paul Sherratt.
Paul developed the practice and it grew into one of the largest specialist family law firms working from one office in North Staffordshire.
Since merging with Nowell Meller Solicitors, the firm has become one of the largest family practices in the West Midlands.
The firm has offices in Market Place and Furlong Lane in Burslem an office in Stafford and a new office in Cannock opening in January 2013.
Glynis Cooper, administrator at Swan Bank, said the church was grateful for the firm’s donations.
“We are very pleased and we will gladly accept the gifts,” she said.
“At this time of year, when the weather turns cold, people don’t realise what it is like sleeping rough.
“Anything extra that can help with that hardship is a good thing.
“We are really grateful for the support we get from the local community.”