A Somerset firm which is thriving after bravely setting up in the midst of recession in 2009 has just reached the £10,000 mark on giving to charities. David Sinclair of Acorn Solicitors in High Street, Taunton, & Jill Sinclair of High Street Street, have just completed writing £2000 of free wills and has donated the money instead to the local Taunton hospice St Margaret’s. It means the firm’s giving has reached double figures since David set it up in 2009 after the firm he worked for went closed in the town, losing 30 jobs.
David, of Burnham on Sea, aged 34, and mother and joint Partner Jill Sinclair are eager to run the solicitors for local people and to help the local community – which is why they give regularly through the organisation Will Aid and other schemes. David said: “There are so many out of town, large solicitors that are around and aren’t part of the community. We want to be different. Our solicitors live in the area and want to help by giving as much as we can to good causes.
“The recession is hitting people hard. We want to help all we can by giving to people in need and making the community a better place to live.”
“Setting up in business after another big firm of Solicitors closed was hard and a risky, brave thing to do and I was only 31. But we wanted to offer something different, a personal service where local people got face to face contact and help. It works.”
Acorn is doing so well that it expanded with new High Street offices into Street High Street earlier this year. David was on a shortlist of five for young lawyer of the year in the UK in 2009. He is also a national director for Solicitors for the Elderly and helps out with Somerset’s Age Concern. He is often featured on BBC local radio talking about old people’s issues.