Jonathan is Partner at John Barkers Solicitors, Grimsby. Jonathan is married to Karry with 2 young boys aged 4 and 7.
Where did you come here from?
I grew up in Scunthorpe, so not far away. For my training and law school, I’d been to both Lancaster and Chester, both interesting locations. I came back to the family home in the early 2000s looking for work, and a para-legal job in Grimsby came up with John Barkers Solicitors.
After about 18 months a new role came up at the firm, working as a trainee solicitor commercial property, corporate work and residential conveyancing. I met my wife, who is a local girl and a former colleague at the firm, and the rest, as they say, is history.
How does the quality of life compare to other places you’ve lived?
We find the life here relaxing. You don’t have the massive commute to get to work, which means more time for the family. The price of living isn’t expensive here either – you can get exceptional value and quality of properties for a comparatively low price when you look at other similar size towns across the country.
What’s the best thing the area has to offer the people who are moving here?
We bought our first house in Cleethorpes. Both of us love the seaside, and it’s an adorable resort. Our two boys were born here, and one of the best things about the area for us was the choice and quality of schools available – our boys went to St James Nursery School, with one now attending Signhills Primary School in Cleethorpes.
What hobbies or outdoor activities do you and your family enjoy?
Our boys both love football. A few years ago, we moved from Cleethorpes to a larger house in Bradley. Just a short walk away is the football academy there – something we’ll no doubt be using constantly for the next few years!
The other thing with Bradley is it’s so close to the countryside. There’s plenty of walks available if we want to just go out and get some fresh air.
Not only that, I’m a self-confessed petrol head and love visiting Cadwell Park – just a short drive away.
What do you think the future holds?
For me and my family, we love the area – we see ourselves here for a long time to come. It’s important that people don’t come with pre-conceived ideas of what Grimsby is like and be open to everything the area has to offer.