Patrick Swanney has joined WHN Solicitors

Specialist solicitor Patrick Swanney has joined WHN as a solicitor at its Accrington office.

Patrick, aged 32, specialises in estate and tax planning, will preparation, Court of Protection work and estate administration. He will work alongside WHN’s head of Wills and Probate Stephen Parr.

Patrick joined WHN after a year as a solicitor at Smith Sutcliffe in Padiham. Previously, he worked for eight years at Watson Ramsbottom Solicitors, including two years as a partner/director and six as a solicitor.

Patrick also completed his solicitor training contract at Watson Ramsbottom after undertaking a LLB law degree in at Sheffield Hallam University and his Legal Practice Course at The University of Sheffield.

Originally from the Accrington and Great Harwood area, Patrick moved to Weir in Rossendale four years ago.

He is a member of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Burnley Dementia Action Alliance, and a Dementia Friends Champion, as well as a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society. In addition, Patrick is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) which enables him to give expert advice to older clients in relation to issues such as long term care funding.

Commenting on his appointment, Patrick said: “I am delighted to be working in a great team of professionals at WHN. They are a widely respected firm with a forward-looking approach and are continually expanding their people, skills and areas of expertise.”

Stephen Parr, head of Wills and probate at WHN, added: “Having Patrick on board enables us to strengthen and deepen our specialist offer to older clients. He brings considerable technical knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment and I am confident his career will continue to flourish at WHN.”