Thursfields Solicitors has appointed three new staff to join its wills & estates department in Worcestershire. The Midlands firm has appointed Sharon Oakley as a senior associate in its Kidderminster office.

Sharon arrives from Waldrons Solicitors in Kingswinford, where she was head of the private client department since 2016. She previously spent ten years as director of the wills, trusts and probate department at Talbots Law in Stourbridge. 

Sharon is joined in Kidderminster by legal assistant Jodie Harper, who worked with her at both Waldrons and Talbots.

Meanwhile, Laura Smith has been appointed as associate solicitor at Thursfields’ Worcester office, joining from Knights Professional Services in Cheltenham, where she developed a new private client department. She previously worked for MFG Solicitors in Worcester.

Michelle Hetheridge, a director at Thursfields and head of the wills and estates department, said: 'Sharon brings a wealth of experience having headed departments in her last two jobs, and we were delighted that Jodie decided to join her. We were also thrilled to have recruited Laura, who made a real mark at Knights and MFG.'

Sharon said: 'I know the local area very well and aim to develop the Kidderminster department further, building on Thursfields’ excellent reputation.'

Jodie said she had worked closely with Sharon for the last five years and was delighted to be joining her at Thursfields.

Laura added: 'I’ve really been impressed by the positive spirit of everyone who works here. They are ambitious and pleasant at the same time, which gives the place a real buzz.'