Family solicitor retires

Jonathan Leach (right) family solicitor and mediator  who is retiring after working  for over 30yrs in the legal profession seen with his colleagues at Ware and Kay Peaseholme Green (left) Peter Kay, David Hyams, Michael Peach, and Steven Partridge.Pic : Nigel Holland
Jonathan Leach (right) family solicitor and mediator who is retiring after working for over 30yrs in the legal profession seen with his colleagues at Ware and Kay Peaseholme Green (left) Peter Kay, David Hyams, Michael Peach, and Steven Partridge.Pic : Nigel Holland

A Wetherby and York law firm is bidding farewell to a family solicitor who has served more than 33 years with the business.

A celebratory event is being held this week at Merchant Taylors Hall, York, to mark the retirement of Jonathan Leach from Ware & Kay solicitors.

Having served at the firm’s York and Wetherby offices, Mr Leach played a key role in setting up the firm’s mediation department.

Mr Leach also serves as a part-time deputy district judge of York, and is acting senior coroner, with both roles set to continue following his retirement.

He is also a member of and an assessor for the Law Society Family Law Panel and assistant coroner for West Yorkshire Eastern District.

Mr Leach said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work at Ware & Kay.

“I have enjoyed a long and satisfying career and have made many friends amongst my clients, colleagues and local contacts, many of whom I have advised and worked with for a number of years. I am proud of what we have achieved and accomplished together.”

Peter Kay, senior director, said: “Jonathan has been an outstanding solicitor for the clients of Ware & Kay, both in his capacity as a partner and latterly as a consultant.

“He has been a powerful advocate for the solicitors’ profession and has delivered exceptional service to the firm.

“He has an enviable client following and in-depth level of expertise and he will be a tough act to follow.”

Jonathan Leach (right) family solicitor and mediator who is retiring after working for over 30yrs in the legal profession seen with his colleagues at Ware and Kay Peaseholme Green (left) Peter Kay, David Hyams, Michael Peach, and Steven Partridge. Picture : Nigel Holland