Grantham solicitors pay tribute to Jane, 42

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A company has paid tribute to one of its Partners who died suddenly at the age of 42 earlier this month.

Jane Overland was Equity Partner and Head of the Property Law and Conveyancing Department at Bird and Co Solicitors.

Jane joined the firm in 1996 as secretary to the then Senior Partner Michael Bird. She worked her way up through the ranks, studying for her Law finals part-time while working full-time. She qualified as a solicitor in 1999.

Jane worked in the Family Law Department and the Property Law and Conveyancing Department. In 2001 she became an Associate Solicitor and from 2003 was head of that department.

Jane became a full Equity Partner in 2003. She worked at the Grantham, Newark and Lincoln branches of Bird & Co.

Christopher Milligan, Senior Partner at the firm, said: “She was well respected and I know I, her other Partner Estelle Conron and all the staff pass on our sincerest sympathies and condolences to her husband Adam and her parents Graham and Penny MacFarlane and her brothers John and Richard. She is going to be sorely missed.”

Estelle Conron, Managing Partner at the firm, said Jane had been a good friend since they had started at the firm together as young lawyers in the mid 1990s. She said Jane was the ultimate professional as well as being big hearted and great fun.

She was a member of Newark Business Club and a tireless fund raiser, most recently for Sue’s Place Bereavement Centre in Newark. Jane was a keen cyclist and skier. She liked a glass of red wine, cars and Newark RUFC.