Jane Riley, who is head of the residential property department at Kerseys, has now become a part owner in the firm – 30 years after launching her legal career here.
Jane qualified as a solicitor in 1988. She returned to Kerseys in 2000 after a short break bringing up her three children.
Jane, who originally dealt with commercial property, went on to specialise in residential property and has now been promoted to equity partner.
Jane said: “This is an opportunity to play a role in Kerseys’ management and help shape its future. I’ve always found Kerseys to be an approachable and pro-active firm and I am keen to play my part in developing this.”
Jane, 52, was born in Ipswich and went to school at Northgate Grammar School for Girls. After a law degree at University of Hull, she returned to Ipswich and took up a training contract at Kerseys.
Jane is active in the local community, having been elected as a councillor at Ipswich Borough Council in 2014.
She is also chair of the Ipswich Film Theatre Trust, which operates the independent cinema at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich; the internationally-acclaimed Gecko Theatre Company, and educational charity The Northgate Foundation.
Managing partner Anthony Wooding said: “Jane has been a long-standing asset to the company and we are delighted to have her as one of our equity partners. She is experienced, knowledgeable and efficient. She is a pleasure to work with.”