SIMON Crack, head of the business support unit at York law firm Hetherton’s, has been instrumental in the firm’s move to bigger premises after growing the unit.

Mr Crack, who joined Hetherton’s in 1999 after training at Cowling, Swift and Kitchin on Blake Street, has always worked in law in York, he said.

“I have done all different types of law during that 15 years, in the last ten years helping small businesses with a range of legal problems.”

He joined Hethertons as an assistant solicitor and worked his way up, eventually instigating setting up the firm’s business support unit four years ago.

He said: “We have always had quite a number of business clients and I wanted to set up a part specifically aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.” And as the business support unit has grown, the expansion has driven the firm to expand into new offices out of town at York Business Park, Poppleton.

He said they now plan to grow the business further. “Our employment team has grown quite significantly as most small businesses will come across an employment issue from time to time, so we’re looking to expand that.”

The commercial property team has also grown, he said, with landlords and tenants making more negotiations around existing leases, even though the number of businesses buying new premises has dropped during the recession.

What job would you like to have other than your own and why?

A presenter on Sky Sports news. Talking about sport all day while sharing some banter with Georgie Thompson and her friends probably has the edge on being a solicitor.

Greatest achievement

Running the New York marathon.

Biggest mistake

Too many to mention but one that stands out is accepting the bet to run the New York marathon.

What makes you most angry?

I’m tempted to say The X-Factor but I’ll go for people who try to pass the buck and blame others for their own failings.

What do you need to make life complete?

Some more hours in the day, my daughter to get bored of Peppa Pig and for Leeds United to win the Champions League.

Why do you make a difference?

Because we have a genuine interest in the success of our clients’ businesses and our services try to add real value and save money for them by providing proactive and cost-effective help and advice.


Worked hard, played hard.