Two years ago when Mike Thomson raised his glass at our 25th anniversary and proposed a toast to the next 25 years, I felt terribly excited, challenged and a little apprehensive at the same time. You see the foundation that Arnold Thomson is built on is a very simple and yet very solid one which has withstood the test of time and endured the plague that is the never-ending plethora of the new rules and regulations with which we must abide. At Arnold Thomson, it is all about our clients and doing our best to protect their best interests. However, as Mike Fursey, one of my highly regarded colleagues said just the other day, quoting Bob Dylan, ‘the times they are a changing’. For instance, who could possibly have predicted the events of the past 12 months? There was very little warning that the Chinese proverb (which some insist on referring to as a curse… and perhaps rightly so) was about to spring into actual manifestation with many, if not all of us in the front row. From Brexit and its ensuing drama to the Trump victory across the ocean or across the pond as some say! And right back to us again with the completely unexpected announcement of a looming snap general election! The excitement, it would seem, is just gathering momentum and indeed we are living in interesting times.
As the old saying goes, the only constant thing in life really is change. Change in and of itself is actually not a bad thing. After all, as scientists would have us believe, the very evolution of humankind is premised on transformation. Although for some of us who may be a little set in our ways, the tendency to sceptically eye change is only natural, while some others are far more receptive and embracive. I personally believe that it is essential for a balance to be struck and that there is no wrong or right stance. At the end of the day, what is more important is what one decides to do when the routine is shaken and change occurs as it is often bound to, what we choose to accept and what we hopefully sensibly opt out of. And so towards the delivery of our promise to continue to provide our clients with high-quality legal service for the next 25 years and beyond, it has proven necessary for us to make some changes ourselves – all positive, I assure you. We have been working hard to ensure that we increase our strength as a team and as a Firm so that we are suitably and strategically placed to carry on catering to the needs of our clients.
To this end, two additional directors were appointed on the 1st of April 2017; Alberta Reid and Kate Austin, both renowned for their exemplary expertise in Residential and Agricultural Property matters respectively. We have also very recently been joined by Nadiya Virani-Bland, an expert in all matters relating to Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Trust as well as the Court of Protection and Deputyship matters. And as you probably noted from our last edition, we are also fortunate enough to have some very promising ‘homegrown talents’ with us who continue to thrive in their studies and training. So even in the midst of the whirlpool of changes; the restless pendulum of the economy, environmental, legislative, political and every other conceivable change, I have never been more confident that we will continue to provide our clients and professional colleagues with the excellent care they have come to expect of us.