Retirement after 32 years for our leasehold extension expert

Lease extension specialist retires

2014 has seen the beginning of a new era for us – one without Mary Hunt, the longest serving member of our specialist leasehold enfranchisement and lease extension team.

Mary originally joined Salisbury law firm, Pye-Smiths back in January 1981, and has remained with the firm ever since, transferring across to us here at Bonallack and Bishop when the two firms merged in 2005.

Mary has now finally retired, after just under 32 years unbroken service.

Tim Bishop, Bonallack and Bishop’s senior partner, commented “Mary has been such an essential member of our team for so many years, that it will be really strange being without her. Over the years she’s built up an incredible knowledge of lease extension of our clients and it’s not going to be easy to replace Mary. She’s been an incredibly loyal servant of the firm with an exceptional level of cover and to us and our major freehold property client. On a personal note, I will really miss Mary, and I know our practice director will miss her rock cakes! However, knowing Mary, I’m sure she will keep really busy, in retirement, with plenty more time to spend fishing”.

However, Tim continued,” since we are looking to double our lease extension work in the next couple of years, you never know, we may be all to tempt Mary back part-time at some stage – though I have to admit my attempt to sign her up to a further 32 year fixed contract was sadly unsuccessful!”

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