The firm was saddened to hear that Jim Frederick Nuttall, former senior partner of Haworth & Nuttall, died on 7th January 2015 aged 88.
Jim was the son of George Nuttall who had joined E & B Haworth in the 1930’s to form the firm of E & B Haworth & Nuttall with offices in Blackburn, Accrington and Great Harwood. Jim was based at the Great Harwood office for most of his working life. As would be expected from a high street practice, he dealt with all aspects of law including Criminal and Civil work, but his main interest and speciality was Conveyancing, Probate and Trusts.
A large man, with an ebullient personality and a dry sense of humour, he personified the popular image of a local solicitor, acting with care and integrity for all sorts of clients who trusted him and relied on his judgement. He was particularly delighted when his services were called upon by younger members of the same family, he enjoyed being a family solicitor for numerous clients.
Peter Barnes, Partner at our Great Harwood office says of Jim “After National Service with the Royal Engineers in Germany and Belgium after the war, he returned to Haworth & Nuttall and qualified in the early 1950’s. He became president of the local Law Association in 1970. Jim was not a technical man (his membership of the Royal Engineers comes as something of a surprise) and he practised as a solicitor long before the days when everyone had a computer on their desks. I well remember joining the firm in 1988 on the same day that the Great Harwood office took delivery of its first fax machine, something that Jim looked upon with suspicion and distrust. Luckily its services were not required for drafting Trust Deeds and preparing Abstracts, something Jim enjoyed doing in the days before compulsory registration.”
Away from the office, and apart from sport, Jim’s main interest was in Rotary, joining the local Rotary Club at the early age of 27 in 1953, and remaining actively involved until only recently. He believed passionately in Rotary’s main message of promoting high ethical standards in business and everyday life.
He enjoyed playing and following rugby and cricket throughout his life and he continued to follow the fortunes of his old school Giggleswick, particularly on the cricket field. He was at one time captain of Great Harwood cricket club and the local golf club. He became a life member of Lancashire Cricket Club before his retirement in 1994. He enjoyed going on cricket tours as well, and was particularly honoured when Lancashire asked him to act as their scorer on some of their overseas matches.
He will be sadly missed by all the firm.