Felicity Hedger

Felicity Hedger

Felicity Hedger, one of our most revered and probably longest-serving solicitors, is retiring from Humphries Kirk on the 31st March 2021.

Although Felicity will no longer be practising, she continues to guide clients personally, introducing them to her colleagues and Partners within Humphries Kirk who will ably assist them moving forward.

Felicity Hedger

Reflecting on Felicity’s time at Humphries Kirk

Last Year, Felicity was awarded a certificate by the Law Society of England and Wales for having been a practising Solicitor for 50 years. Having spent 48 of those years with Humphries Kirk, it is not surprising that she will be much missed when she goes.

In the last 48 years, there is no doubt that the firm has grown out of all recognition. Felicity always knew everyone and made it her business to talk to and assist anyone who met her.

Felicity held the post of the first female President of the Dorset Law Society in the 1990s and became the first female Senior Partner of Humphries Kirk in 2001. She led the Law Society, as she did Humphries Kirk, with her inimitable style and presence. Felicity retired from the partnership in 2011 and became a consultant to Humphries Kirk. Despite threatening to retire every year since then, she has continued to work with us, maintaining very special relationships with her clients many of whom have become friends over the years.

 Felicity Hedger says:

Humphries Kirk prides itself in giving a service of excellence to all its clients and I am confident that the Humphries Kirk name is in good hands making sure our service is always relevant, responsive and rooted in the real world. Those to whom I am handing over to in the Private Client department are Laura Staples, Partner and head of the department, Partner Chris Keenan, and solicitors Merlin Lewis, Orla Laurenson and Melanie Jacobs who is our Trust & Tax manager.”                                      

Katharine Jones, Senior Partner of Humphries Kirk LLP and Laura Staples, Head of the Private Client department say:

Felicity is irreplaceable and will be much missed by all staff and Partners. Felicity has fortified the careers of many staff and Partners at Humphries Kirk and she is the heart of our firm. She is the benchmark by which we all measure our own successes and hope to equal hers”

The firm saw significant expansion during Felicity’s leadership term. Ultimately Felicity settled in the Dorchester office, where she is widely known in the community. She oversaw the creation of a Poole office and the establishment of the bespoke commercial team at Poole which continues to thrive today. Felicity oversaw the advancement into Southbourne and the wider Bournemouth and Poole conurbation where Humphries Kirk provide legal advice services in all areas of legal practice. Most recently, Humphries Kirk has expanded into Somerset and Cranborne Chase where staff continue to welcome new clients. The staff and Partners of Humphries Kirk LLP look forward to assisting Felicity’s clients and friends, continuing her excellent legacy.

Download Felicity’s full retirement letter.

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    Many happy memories of you and working together. I wish you a lovely retirement. It feels as if we grew older together with HK over the years. Best wishes. Tracy
    Tracy Buik
    Hi Felicity The end of an era! Wishing you a long, happy and healthy retirement - although it’s hard to really believe it. After all this time and all you’ve achieved, you’ll REALLY be missed. Keep busy and keep smiling. I know you’d rather be .......working, but everyone has to stop sometime. Very best wishes from Ross xx
    I joined HK, Dorchester Office in December 1995 and in March 1996 I was asked to take on the role of "Secretary to "Mrs Hedger". We worked as a good team from then on until my retirement from the firm last autumn; a considerable part of my working life . We had an excellent working relationship. I will always treasure special memories of those days at HK and particularly for having had the privilege of being able to work so closely with Felicity.
    Linda Northover (Tamblyn)
    Dear Felicity, Sending all good wishes to you for a very enjoyable and well earned retirement. Also to say it was a great pleasure working with you on the various cases we had throughout my time with Wessex Conveyancing. All the very best John Pacey
    John Pacey
    Wishing you all the very best for the future. Enjoy every minute of your retirement, you deserve it.
    Rachel Broadley
    Of those that were here when I joined HK (which I think was 1997!) only four remain, Howard, Tracy, myself and you. It was instilled into me on Day 1, probably by Linda, that you were always to be addressed and referred to as Mrs Hedger and it was on pain of death that anyone should call you Felicity. So, Felicity, I wish you a very happy and amazing retirement, you will be very much missed and you will of course miss us like crazy .... but I'm sure in a matter of weeks you'll wonder how you ever managed to find the time to work! Much love from me xx
    Vanessa Steadman