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Two New Appointments for Saddleworth’s O’Donnell Solicitors

O’Donnell Solicitors Saddleworth’s straight-talking law firm has made two appointments, strengthening their residential conveyancing and commercial teams.

Julian West joins the firm’s award-winning residential conveyancing department as a Legal Executive, to assist with the firm’s high volume of property transactional work. Living locally to the firm’s Saddleworth office at Grasscroft, Julian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, specialising in all matters of residential conveyancing, including sales and purchases, re-mortgages and transfers of equity, possessory title applications, and matters requiring title rectification.


The news comes at a time when many firms with conveyancing departments have seen a drop-off in work due to Covid-19. O’Donnell Solicitors, whose conveyancing team specialise in new build properties, continued to work at full strength throughout lockdown, progressing transactions and overseeing a good number of completions. Since the lifting of restrictions on the residential property market and the effective ‘reopening’ of the housing market, the team have overseen completions on a large number of transactions, and have also experienced a surge of new instructions coming in.

In addition to the appointment of Julian, the firm has also taken on new Trainee Solicitor, Callum Dalloway. In joining O’Donnell Solicitors, Callum has become the firm’s second trainee since husband and wife Rebecca and James O’Donnell launched the practice in 2015.


James O’Donnell, Director, said:

“We’ve always set out to invest in our local community by recruiting locally and also to help the next generation of legal talent where we can. In appointing Julian and Callum, we have achieved both of these objectives, whilst also adding capacity to meet the needs of our residential property and commercial teams.

“It has clearly been an unusual time over the past few months, but we have focused our efforts on adapting and servicing our clients using the best available technology.

“Having made several adjustments to our offices in recent weeks, including installing Perspex screens in our meeting rooms and at our reception, as well as floor and wall signage to ensure social distancing, we are now in a strong position to be able to start to see clients in the office again as we move forward out of lockdown.”

O’Donnell Solicitors started the year with the announcement of new Director Gianna Lisiecki-Cunane, who joined the firm’s busy family law department together with a new head of Dispute Resolution Giselle Williams.  Now with five directors and over 25 staff located across the firm’s two offices in the Saddleworth area, the firm offers a comprehensive range of first-class legal services for private clients and businesses.

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