November 4, 2019 @ 12:25 by Steven Hugill
An award-winning solicitor helping to inspire the next generation of legal professionals has further reason to celebrate after being made partner.
Amanda Adeola has earned the accolade at BHP Law.
She only joined the Darlington-based company 18 months ago as an associate but has built a growing reputation for her work in family law.
Last month, Amanda was named Woman of the Year in the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards 2019, which champion minority ethnic talent from the area for their contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of the North East.
“I am so pleased and honoured to have been recognised for my hard work and commitment to the firm by this promotion and I am proud to be a part of a firm that promotes and recognises diversity and inclusion,” said Amanda, who came to England from her native Nigeria as a teenager and lived and later studied law in London.
She worked for firms in Darlington and Middlesbrough before joining BHP Law, where she specialises in divorce, separation, financial matters and arrangements for children, as well as pre-nuptial agreements, civil partnerships and co-habitation.
Amanda works to inspire the legal profession to open up opportunities for the next generation of lawyers and is helping kickstart the careers of aspiring professionals through a new network for law students, graduates, trainees and newly-qualified solicitors.
She is also regional representative of the North East Women Lawyers and Mothers Network, which seeks to inspire female lawyers and other senior professionals who are mums.
“I look forward to working with the rest of my colleagues in driving our firm forward and continuing to promote a positive image of the firm,” added Amanda, who moved to the North East in 2007 when her husband got a job in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
“BHP Law is committed to providing quality legal advice to clients across the region and providing access to justice to those who need it; an ethos that forms the basis of my legal career.”
John Pratt, managing partner of BHP Law, added: “Amanda has only been with us for a short time, but has made a considerable impact with her passion and for the outstanding service she gives to clients, often during a difficult period in their lives.
“I am delighted she has accepted the opportunity to become a partner and I am confident she will continue to make a huge contribution to the firm.”
BHP Law has further offices in Stockton, Durham, Tynemouth and Newcastle.