The Law Society broke the news this week that administrators had been appointed at Mellor Hargreaves Solicitors in Oldham.
Mellor Hargreaves started life as Mulderrig Small in March 1989 when Paul Mulderrig and David Small went into partnership together at Ascroft Court in Oldham.
The firm then moved to its current location at 11 King Street, Oldham in 1991.
Paul left the firm in October 1999 to form Mulderrigs, but has always remained on great terms with his old partner David.
Commenting on the news Paul said:-
” It was the proudest day of my professional career when David and I started the practice way back in 1989, so this is very sad news indeed.
Although I left the firm over seventeen years ago my old pal David was still there, and I know one or two of the other staff too.
Mellor Hargreaves have done some outstanding legal work in recent years, particularly for miners who had been let down by other solicitors in personal injury claims.
Personal Injury law firms have been under a sustained attack from the government for at least the last four years, and I’m sure that will have made a major contribution to the collapse of the firm.
Mellors are just the latest example of a decent, reputable law firm driven out of business by a government that doesn’t seem to care too much about access to justice.
I always retained a soft spot for the old firm, and I feel very sad for all the clients and staff who will have been badly affected by this upheaval.”