A young solicitor who has grown her team’s revenue by nine per cent after returning from maternity leave last year is a finalist in the Young Professional category of the Sub36 Awards.

Sara Beaumont, who leads the commercial debt recovery team and is a key member of the commercial dispute resolution team at WHN Solicitors, will be among six finalists at the awards ceremony in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on October 18.

With Sara’s assistance, WHN’s commercial dispute resolution team has seen financial growth of nine per cent over the past 12 months compared to the previous year.

Sara came back from maternity leave in July 2017 and, as well as driving powerful revenue growth, has resolved many complex legal issues for her clients.

The Sub36 Awards celebrate Lancashire’s young business talent. Sara’s category is for the county’s professional services sector, which includes accountancy, legal practice, medical, property, marketing and PR firms.

The awards – formerly the Young ’Uns – are run by Lancashire Business View magazine and recognise the most influential, innovative and inspiring business people aged 36 or under.

Sara said: “Reaching the finals of the Sub36 Awards is a great honour, not only for me but also for WHN and my team, all of whom played a key role in growing our fee income so impressively over the last 12 months.”

Sara continued: “Taking time out of my career to look after Theodore was very important for both of us, and enabled me to refocus and return to work with renewed enthusiasm and determination to succeed for our clients and the firm as a whole.”

David McCann, director at WHN Solicitors, added: “Sara is dedicated to not only making a difference to her clients, their businesses and lives, but also to the development of WHN as a firm. Since taking a period of leave to mother her one-year-old child, Sara has worked tirelessly to resurrect her workload by gaining new business.”

“As well as overseeing an impressive nine per cent increase in her team’s fee income, Sara has been instrumental in the doubling of our commercial dispute resolution team over the last eight years, due to an increasing caseload. Just as importantly, she continues to bring in new business that helps our overall growth going forwards.”

Sara joined the firm in 2006 as a trainee before qualifying as a solicitor in 2008 and becoming a partner in 2015. She has significant expertise in defending commercial interests and has acted for a range of clients from sole traders to publicly listed companies. In addition, she provides legal advice and litigates on a variety of contractual disputes including insolvency and intellectual property cases.

When she is not advising clients, Sara can often be seen walking in the countryside with her family and her greyhound.