Well, this article is being written quite literally in the middle of a house move. It’s all change ahead for the Davenport clan as we finally move into our Newport home.

It’s funny what you learn with each house move, friends you pick up along the way, suppliers we will keep for the next time we move (not for a good while!) or to recommend to friends and contacts, and the knowledge of who to avoid in the future!

Purchasing an older property has been fun and, as is the way with old houses, we’re unearthing a new problem at every turn. Moving day finds me sitting in the garden writing this whilst the carpet fitters are still trying to finish off, and at the other end my poor husband supervises packing the removal van and selecting furniture for Katharine House to collect for their shop.

Every time I move (and I am a serial house mover) I say never again. This time has been particularly stressful as we are new to Newport and have had to contact local trades who we have never used before and in some cases used our old trades from Shrewsbury who are tried and tested. Most have been excellent and it has brought home to me how important customer service is. Moving home is said to be in the list of the top three most stressful experiences in life; as I sit here now wondering whether the carpet will be down before the furniture arrives, I can well imagine. Never again, and this time I mean it!

Everyone in any situation wants to feel they are being treated well and being looked after, something I hope our clients find with Clarkes. The conveyancing transaction went very smoothly (well, I would say that, wouldn’t I? Though it did genuinely), the removal van is here on time, the sun is shining, and the house is on its way to being finished. So all in all, I mustn’t grumble but in future I will empathise with every client who tells me how stressed they are when moving house and I know that our conveyancing team are doing the best they can to make the whole thing less traumatic by providing an excellent service.

Tonight as I sit with a glass of something chilled (if the fridge is working and I can find the box with the glasses in) I am hoping the pain of it will have been forgotten.

Finally, on a very sad note, I wanted to let you know that we have lost our senior partner, Warren Lewis, who recently passed away after a short illness. Warren, as many of you know, was local to Newport surrounds: an ex-Adams’ boy, a larger than life character, and excellent lawyer with a formidable reputation. He will be very sadly missed by all who knew him and worked with him.

Rachel Davenport