A MARKET Rasen’s solicitors is closing its office in the town.
Wilkin Chapman Grange will close its doors for the last time on March 30, leaving one part-time worker out of a job and a full-time member of staff working just three hours a week.
The Oxford Street shop has been a solicitor’s for many decades and became Wilkin Chapman Grange in 2010 after the merger of Grange Wintringham and Wilkin Chapman solicitors.
But the office (pictured) is now closing because its partners say there is not enough work for it to stay open. Clients will have to make appointments to see a solicitor at the town’s Rasen Hub – from April 5 the firm will have a base there every Thursday from 2pm-5pm.
Wilkin Chapman Grange chief executive Julia Whittaker said: “The decision to close our Market Rasen office has been taken with great regret.
“We are keen to maintain a base in the town and hope that our interview room in the Hub will provide clients with a convenient location for meetings.”
The office has changed its name several times in the last few decades. It was originally named after well-respected local figure and partner HV Beckett.
He was then joined by Tony and Tim Bradford before merging with Grange Wintringham in the 1990s.
It is not yet known what will happen to the building when Wilkin Chapman Grange closes as the premises are leased from a landlord.
Julia said: “I must stress to all clients that they do not need to worry about any documents that we hold for them.
“Documents, including wills and deeds, will be transferred automatically to alternative secure storage and our extensive practice management system will be updated to show their location.”
From April 1 property matters will be dealt with by Victoria Maw, who will be based in the firm’s Lincoln office, agricultural matters by Flora Bennett from the Louth office and wills, probate and tax planning by Sharon Plumtree at the firm’s office in Grimsby.