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Horwich Farrelly at 50: Edmund Coulthurst shares his #HFhighlight

Throughout 2019 Horwich Farrelly is marking its golden jubilee by asking one colleague each week to share their proudest achievement – or #HFhighlight. This week we speak to Risk & Compliance Administrator, Edmund Coulthurst.


Risk & Compliance Administrator, Edmund Coulthurst

When did you start working at Horwich Farrelly?
I joined in January 2015 starting out in the post room after a friend Brad, who still works at Horwich Farrelly, recommended I apply for a position at the firm.

Before joining the firm what was your most unusual job?
Nothing too out of the ordinary but after finishing university I did a bit of temping at an exam board, and then I worked at the Royal Mail at Christmas helping to direct post the machines couldn’t read. The back of my head was featured in a news piece for ITV, which I suppose is my 15 minutes of fame!

What does a typical day look like for you at Horwich Farrelly?
It ranges from day to day. I have projects going on that might involve implementing new policies and procedures to help mitigate risks the firm may face, or finishing off my ad hoc tasks to help ensure everything runs smoothly. Never a quiet day that’s for sure.

How has your career progressed since joining the firm?
I started off in the post room and then went on into the Facilities department before joining the Risk & Assurance team in 2017. Throughout my journey I have learnt new skills, which has increased my confidence and helped me better understand the need to adapt to different scenarios.

For example, recently I was asked to help co-ordinate our response to the heavy snow which fell across the UK in late January causing problems for colleagues getting to work. In fast-moving situations like this you realise the importance of collaboration and communication, prioritising tasks and – excuse the pun – keeping a cool head.


Edmund recently helped co-ordinate the firm’s response to January’s extreme weather

What has been the biggest highlight of your time at Horwich Farrelly?
Recently I have had a leading role in maintaining the firm’s quality standard, Lexcel. Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for practice management and client care. It involved liaising with various people across the business, ensuring that all our policies and procedures are in place and up to date. This accreditation is a standard that the firm can proudly publish on printed stationery and our website.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and outside interests?
I enjoy baking new vegan recipes and sharing the finished product with my family and friends. Recently I’ve made a Biscoff cheesecake, a coffee cake and cinnamon rolls. When I am not stuffing my face or enjoying a few drinks, I try to go to the gym.

What makes working at Horwich Farrelly different from other firms?
I’ve not worked at many places previously however I would say it is very welcoming and accepting of various people from all walks of life.

What advice would you give to others starting out in their career with the firm?
Seize every opportunity you get given.

To see #HFhighlights from other Horwich Farrelly colleagues please click here.