Stewarts has promoted eight senior associates to the partnership and two to the role of legal director in its largest-ever partner promotions round.

The eight new partners are Pia Mithani and Zachary Sananes in Commercial Litigation, Emma Holland in Trust and Probate Litigation, Sophie Chapman and Lucy Gould in Divorce and Family, Anna Wiseman in Personal Injury, and Alison Goldney and Amy Heath in Clinical Negligence.

Pia Mithani has experience in high-value multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset recovery cases. She acts for clients in both civil cases and matters relating to criminal exposure. Pia is a solicitor advocate with trial experience in both the High Court and appellate courts. She joined the firm in 2014.

Zach Sananes joined the firm in 2015. In recent years, Zach has participated in several trials in the Business and Property Courts as well as hearings in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court on a variety of legal issues. Zach is regularly involved in multi-party cases (including group litigation), often with cross-border elements.

Emma Holland joined the Trust and Probate Litigation team in 2017. She has experience of assisting beneficiaries, trustees, and other fiduciaries with trust disputes both onshore and in numerous offshore jurisdictions. Emma achieved the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes in 2019 and is recognised by the legal directories as an Associate to Watch.

Sophie Chapman advises clients on a broad range of family law issues. She has particular experience representing clients in cases involving inherited wealth, family businesses and complex issues of valuation.

Lucy Gould joined the Divorce and Family department in 2014. She acts for a broad range of high-profile individuals and has particular experience in multi-jurisdictional financial disputes and assets held in trust. Many of her cases have involved significant US assets. She was recognised by Spear’s in 2018 as a Future Leader in Private Client and has also been recognised by The Legal 500, Spear’s 500 and The Times.

Anna Wiseman has over 12 years’ experience dealing with catastrophic injury claims. She acts for claimants who have sustained serious head and spinal injury and also has extensive experience in amputee and limb loss cases. She is an accredited Senior Litigator of APIL and joined Stewarts in 2008.

Alison Goldney specialises in high-value and complex clinical negligence claims for individuals who have sustained spinal and brain injuries. She has particular experience in claims arising from the delayed diagnosis of spinal abscesses, injuries resulting from mismanagement of spinal injury, cauda equina and spinal surgery claims. Alison trained with Stewarts, then left before returning to the firm in 2018.

Amy Heath has over 10 years’ experience acting for individuals who have sustained catastrophic, life-changing injuries as a result of clinical negligence. Amy acts in claims where delayed diagnosis, surgical and post-operative mismanagement and medical mismanagement have caused life-changing injuries. She joined the firm in 2009.


In addition, the firm appointed Rebecca Hill and Kara Smith from Personal Injury as legal directors.

Rebecca Hill acts in complex and high-value personal injury cases predominantly involving brain, spinal and serious orthopaedic injuries, and fatalities as a result of accidents in the UK or abroad. She joined the firm in 2009.

Kara Smith is responsible for the provision of a free, wide-ranging legal advice service for those affected by serious injury. Kara’s expertise lies in catastrophic personal injury claims, predominately brain and spinal injuries. After specialising in that area for four years, Kara now uses that knowledge and experience to advise patients on an array of legal issues that arise following a serious injury. Kara joined Stewarts as a paralegal in 2005.


John Cahill, Managing Partner, commented:

“I am delighted that we are in a position to promote eight very talented senior associates to the partnership.

“Whilst we continue to make lateral partner hires (four in this financial year), there is no doubt that the retention and promotion of our homegrown talent remains critical to our success and plans for the future.”

These promotions bring the total number of partners to 75 and legal directors to six.


As well as the partner promotions, the following 14 associates were promoted to senior associate:



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