YORK-based property and life planning law firm Guest Walker recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with clients and colleagues from the National Center for Early Music in York.
The business was established at The Shambles in 1981 by John Guest, who had previously worked for a large firm in Manchester.
John initially had two secretarial staff and was soon joined by John Walker, who became a partner in 1984 and now runs Guest Walker.
The business originally specialized in residential property conveyancing and has grown significantly over the years to now employ over 30 people, with six specialist administrators and a full range of property planning and management services. life, including all aspects of commercial and residential property, wills, trusts and probates.
Its clients include small and medium-sized businesses, partnerships and individuals from Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, many of whom have developed long-term relationships with the firm, becoming their trusted legal advisers on a host of issues.
Over the years Guest Walker has been proud to stay in the historic Shambles in the heart of York, taking more space to accommodate its growing team, including the historic Butchers Hall, home to its handover team residential. He also recently moved his life planning team to new offices at 22 Pavement as demand for their specialist advice continues to grow in the wake of the pandemic.
Special guests at the anniversary event included retired lawyer and former partner Karen Riley, who was one of the first secretaries working with John Guest in 1981 before embarking on her legal education, and Vicky Middleton, manager Transfer, who joined the firm in 1986. Vicky is currently the most senior member of the Guest Walker team, after John Walker, and has grown from administrative support to a highly regarded property transfer specialist.
John Walker, Director, told the meeting: “Running a small business has become increasingly difficult over the years and many of the efficiencies that the internet and digital technology were meant to bring to life have not benefited ordinary people, who find dealing with big business and institutions increasingly frustrating and difficult.
“Guest Walker shares this pain and will continue to help by doing what they have tried to do for their clients and business contacts for 40 years, which is to be accessible, listen to what their clients and contacts want, give clear and appropriate, be fair to people, be clear about fees, explain difficulties when they arise, and manage expectations.
For more information about Guest Walker, go to www.guestwalker.co.uk/