New partners strengthen law firm

One of the oldest law firms in Northampton, DFA Law, has been strengthened further with the appointment of two new partners. Rachel Adams, Head of Family Law, joined the firm in July 2019 and brings with her a wealth of experience in this area, with a specialism in helping clients with financial matters arising from divorce. Rachel assists clients with all aspects of family law, including the preparation of pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements, civil partnerships, and disputes arising from the separation of cohabiting couples. Rachel has been included in legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for a number of years, with the 2019 edition of Chambers and Partners describing Rachel as ‘a first-class solicitor’ and someone who is ‘tenacious in pursuit of her client’s case but is also compassionate and understanding of her client’s needs’.

Rachel took over as Head of Family Law from Alan Kiddle, who retired from DFA Law after almost 20 years at the company and 40 years of practicing law. Having qualified in 2010, she now heads up a team of three solicitors all focused on assisting clients with their family law matters and showing compassion and understanding at what can be an extremely difficult and emotional time. Rachel is also a mother-of-two daughters and loves to ski and travel. Hannah Furr, Head of DFA Law’s Private Client department, joined the business in October and is a specialist in the areas of Wills and Inheritance Tax, succession planning, estate administration, trusts and Powers of Attorney. Hannah has a particular interest in lifetime succession planning and has vast experience in advising on complex situations and assisting business owners and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) on planning for wealth preservation through the generations.

Rachel Adams Head of Family Law at DFA Law
Rachel Adams Head of Family Law at DFA Law

Hannah is a Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a global body of professionals who help families plan for their futures, and joins the business with 17 years of experience at several well-known law firms. Hannah, who will also head up a team of three solicitors, is currently going through a thorough handover period with Peter Critchell, who is retiring in March. Peter joined the business in 1983 as a trainee solicitor, so has spent his entire career working for DFA Law, helping its clients with the administration of estates, Inheritance Tax planning, trusts, Power of Attorney and Wills.

Outside of work, Hannah has two children and likes to run and travel in her spare time.

Danny Roberts, Practice Manager at DFA Law, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new Partners Rachel and Hannah to DFA Law. Both have already made a positive impact on the company and helped so many clients with a wide range of personal issues.

“It has been reported that 60% adults in the UK don’t have a valid Will in place. Hannah is keen to educate people on the possible consequences of dying without a Will, such as the government deciding who will care for your children if you are a single parent. She is hugely passionate about her work and a great asset to the company.

“Rachel is extremely highly regarded in her field – as evidenced by the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Both partners are really good recruits for us and really strengthen our partnership. We look forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the future.” DFA Law is 182 years old and is one of the oldest law firms in Northamptonshire. It was established in 1838 by William Dennis, who was joined by Dr Faulkner in 1876 and Charles Alsop in 1910, becoming Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop. In 2003, the firm rebranded and became DFA Law.

Hannah Furr Head of the Private Client department  at DFA Law
Hannah Furr Head of the Private Client department at DFA Law

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