Kathy bows out after playing a vital role

Date: Saturday 6th April 2002

ONE member of staff who has played a vital role in helping to establish and develop Scott Duff & Co. is Kathy Jenkins, who officially retired as a partner of the firm today.

After working both part-time and full-time for the firm for 25 years on residential conveyancing, wills and probate, Mrs. Jenkins, who is 60 in August, has decided to retire to spend more time with her husband, David, the former Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness.

“I’m very sorry to see her go,” said Mr. Duff. “She is very good at dealing with people. I don’t think I’d have started the business if it hadn’t been for Kathy.”

Although Mr. Duff and Mrs. Jenkins first met in the mid-60s when they were both articled in offices next door to each other in Derby, it was just by chance that they met again in Penrith, in 1977.

“We went in different directions on leaving Derby. After working in Stratford-upon-Avon I came to Penrith and it was while at a film society meeting at the grammar school that I met Andrew again,” Mrs. Jenkins said.

“Although I hadn’t been doing legal work for some time, Andrew asked me if I’d like to go and work for him. Initially, I only worked part-time but it meant he had someone doing conveyancing for him.“I remember our first offices comprised two rooms and a cupboard and my office was the cupboard!”

Mrs. Jenkins, who lives at Sleagill, has seen many changes in her years in the legal profession, most noticeably, an increase in “red tape”.

She attributes her legal career to Leo Blair, the Prime Minister’s father, who was her lecturer in law at Durham University while she was studying for a degree in social science.

“Law was one of the subjects on my course. It was Leo Blair who suggested it as a career to me,” she said.

“Scott Duff & Co. has been a nice firm to work for and the business has developed as a result of Andrew’s drive.”

Although Mrs. Jenkins has officially retired, she will still be going into the office until August to wind up unfinished business. She said: “Being a solicitor is a very demanding job, so I’m looking forward to having more free time to spend with my husband.”