Who We Are
Quest Legal Advocates was established in order to meet market demand for a specialist road traffic accident and personal injury advocacy agency. It was created by two partners, Fiona Loxton and Rebecca McNamara, who remain directly involved in the management and expansion of the business.
Fiona and Rebecca bring together their different legal experience to lead an effective and friendly team who work hard to provide professional and lay clients with the high-quality service they expect.
Quest Legal Advocates are proud to have developed and maintained long-standing relationships with many prominent firms of solicitors. We believe this is due to the personable and efficient administration, high-quality advocacy and excellent client care we provide.
Over the past five years of trading, we have enjoyed rapid and substantial growth and we now undertake thousands of cases every year in all major court centres across England and Wales.
The Management Team
Fiona and Rebecca conceived the idea of Quest Legal Advocates in 2012. Fiona has enjoyed building the business from strength to strength and takes pride in the team Quest has developed over the years.
After obtaining a law degree at the University of Manchester and completing the BPTC (BVC as it was then) Fiona explored a number of career avenues. Fiona spent a number of years acquiring and managing property portfolios while also working closely with a Manchester silk where she gained a great insight into a thriving common law practice.
Combining both her legal and business experience Fiona focuses on business development and marketing as well as maintaining a close relationship with our nationwide team of advocates to ensure the continued high standard of their training and professional development.
In her spare time Fiona enjoys weekends in the country with her husband and son and frequently visits Ireland, where she is from.
Rebecca graduated in Law with Australian Law from Nottingham University. She had the privilege of studying abroad for one year at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She subsequently completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Manchester achieving a Distinction.
Rebecca undertook her training contract at Pannone LLP and spent a significant proportion of her time assisting on personal injury cases. She qualified at Pannone LLP as a Private Client solicitor. She subsequently obtained the specialist STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.
Despite enjoying her time in practice immensely, Rebecca’s entrepreneurial interests meant that she was always astute to business opportunities and, when a gap in the market was identified for Quest Legal Advocates to fill, she left practice to create and develop the business. She remains on the Roll of Solicitors as a non-practicising solicitor.
Rebecca was involved in every aspect of Quest’s operations early in its history but now focuses on managing the finance and human resources aspects of the business.
Her personal interests include cooking, fair-weather gardening and raising her young family.
Molly joined Quest Legal Advocates in 2013, working part-time whilst studying Law at the University of Manchester. Molly graduated with a first-class degree and joined the Quest team full time in 2014. Since then Molly has become a key member of the management team.
Molly is now responsible for facilitating a large number of the advocates’ cases. She ensures that advocates have all the documentation needed and have fully prepared ahead of hearings.
Molly manages the recruitment of prospective advocates along with the training of those who are successful. She ensures that trained advocates are provided with regular feedback and continued support.
Outside of work Molly likes to cook for friends and family and has hobbies which include attending live music events and buying and selling vintage clothing.
Quest Legal Advocates offers advocacy work to a large nationwide panel of highly trained advocates. The advocates are engaged on a self-employed basis and are fully insured for all work which they undertake through us.
Our advocates have successfully completed qualifying law degrees (or the Postgraduate equivalent) and the Bar Professional Training Course (or its predecessor, the Bar Vocational Course). All advocates have obtained at least a Very Competent classification on the BPTC/BVC.
The training programme, which all advocates must complete, is bespoke to Quest Legal Advocates and the work which advocates will encounter once undertaking cases. It comprises a multiple-stage process combining paper-based study and extensive practical training.
Aspiring advocates must first master the specialist training materials provided to them before progressing to focused one-to-one training prior to undertaking their first case. They are trained and assessed in case preparation, client communication, verbal and written advocacy and relevant law and procedure.
An advocate’s performance during their early cases is monitored and assessed and, where necessary, feedback and further training is provided.
Once an advocate has successfully established their core competencies in more straightforward cases, they are able to progress to further specialist in-house training which is led by experienced practitioners. This enables them to conduct more complex cases.
Ongoing assessment and regular audits of performance are conducted to ensure that advocates maintain the high standard of advocacy which our clients expect.