Wigan lawyer’s bid to boost local economy

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A WIGAN lawyer is bidding to establish a new Business Club in the town.

Mother-of-two Joy Cleaver says that firms need each other more than ever as tough economic times continue.

She is a legal executive with top law firm Linder Myers and has been a family law practitioner for more than 15 years.

Now Joy is asking other business professionals in the area to get together on a regular basis and rise to the challenges of the current economic climate.

“It is something I have always wanted to do,” said Wigan-born Joy, who lives in Orrell with her husband Kev and children Rebekah, 10, and Dean aged 21.

“Times are tough and it is at times like this that good business relationships are all important.

“Client satisfaction and listening to what people actually want is paramount and I am very keen to meet like-minded people in the Wigan business community.

“I was born in Springfield and have retained all my local links. I want to see Wigan thrive.”

She has already had interest in the Business Club project from several local banks, property companies and insurance groups.

Joy who lists her hobbies as running, cycling and keeping fit, studied at Wigan and Leigh College and then became a legal secretary. She continued her studies through The Institute of Legal Executives.

She was previously a family law executive with a Chorley company for 11 years and joined Linder Myers when it merged with another company Rostrons of Lytham St Annes in May 2009. One of the UK’s top law companies, Linder Myers was established in 1922 and has opened regional centres in Manchester, Shropshire and Lancashire.

Joy specialises in all aspects of family law including divorce, financial issues, civil partnerships, property issues, conveyancing and matrimonial property transfers.

A lifelong Wigan rugby league fan Joy has to put up with the fact that her husband is a St Helens supporter.

She said: “We have the occasional fall-out over matches but we usually kiss and make up.”

A keen fund-raiser for cancer charities, following the death of her father, she is set to take part in this year’s Race for Life at Haigh Hall and will also be staging a special workshop with colleagues from the Linder Myers group at an International Women’s Day conference event at Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel this month.

For details of this or the Wigan Business Club contact Joy at Linder Myers on 01253 733101 or e-mail joy.cleaver@lindermyers.com