A law firm is expanding by making a new appointment in the south of the county.

Bendles Solicitors, based in Carlisle, has appointed family solicitor Elanor Findlay, who is based in Barrow.

Elanor has practised across Cumbria for nearly 20 years and has joined the family law team at Bendles to help develop its work in South Cumbria.

She worked for Bendles five years ago, but left to take a position closer to Barrow, which is her hometown.

Elanor said: “I really enjoyed working for Bendles and being part of such a caring team so I was pleased to be offered the chance to join the firm again, and even more delighted to now be in a position to offer my expertise in my local area.

“Expanding Bendles’ reach into South Cumbria gives me and my clients the best of both worlds. I can continue being part of a great city firm, with their knowledge and professionalism behind me, whilst working, living, and playing an active part in my community.”

Rebecca Tonkin, partner at Bendles, added; “The Bendles family department have been increasingly instructed to represent parties to family proceedings in Barrow Law Courts, and as such, it made sense to look at increasing our presence in the Barrow and surrounding area to meet the clear need for legal advice and representation.

“We handpicked Elanor and approached her to work for us on the basis that she fitted with Bendles’ values and expectations, and we are now pleased to welcome her back for the same reasons. Elanor has excellent local knowledge as well as being friendly and approachable, meaning she is best placed to help build Bendles' future presence.”