Stewarts has promoted five of its senior associates to the partnership with effect from 1 May 2018.

The five new partners are Laura Jenkins, Lucy Ward and Martin Walsh in Commercial Litigation, Stuart Carson in Competition Litigation and Carly Kinch in Divorce and Family.

Laura Jenkins joined the firm in 2008, and completed her training contract with Stewarts, qualifying in 2010. During her time at the firm, Laura has been heavily involved in a number of the firm’s banking litigation cases.

Lucy Ward specialises in banking and financial services litigation and has particular experience acting for institutional investors in complex securities litigation. She joined the firm in 2011, having trained and spent four years at Freshfields. Both Lucy and Laura worked on the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, successfully settled in late 2016.

Martin Walsh specialises in commercial disputes. These are frequently in the fields of IT, telecoms, finance, corporate transactions and public sector. He joined Stewarts in 2016 from Pinsent Masons.

Stuart Carson specialises in competition litigation, having worked on some of the largest cartel damages claims litigated in the UK courts. He joined Stewarts in 2011, having previously worked in house for French energy company Engie, dealing with commercial litigation.

Carly Kinch joined the firm in 2006 as a paralegal, qualifying as a solicitor in 2009 in the Divorce and Family department. She has significant experience in all aspects of family law but her work focuses predominantly on the resolution of complex financial issues, including the negotiation and drafting of marital agreements. Carly was recently nominated for a Spear’s Wealth Management ‘Young Rising Star’ award.

John Cahill, Managing Partner at Stewarts commented:

“At Stewarts, we are committed to developing our talented lawyers and promoting our associates across the business and I am pleased to welcome five new partners to the partnership.”

These promotions follow three lateral hires in January 2018 and brings the total number of partners to 61.

As well as the partner promotions, 14 associates were promoted to senior associates and four solicitors were promoted to associate.

Senior Associate promotions

Kara Smith (Personal Injury, London), Andrew Benzeval (Personal Injury, London), Chris Smith (Personal Injury, Leeds), Katherine Fitter (Clinical Negligence, London), Pia Mithani (Commercial Litigation, London), Martin Cox (Commercial Litigation, London), Joseph Rossello (Commercial Litigation, London), Ilyas Bulut (Commercial Litigation, London), Leah Keen (Competition Litigation, London), Matthew Tighe (Competition Litigation, Leeds), Nicola Hogg (Divorce and Family, London), Jenny Duggan (Divorce and Family, London), Voirrey Ward (Divorce and Family, London), Emma McCall (Trust and Probate, London)

Associate promotions

Emma Lyons (Personal Injury, Leeds), Esther Wilkinson (Clinical Negligence, Leeds), Owen Hanna (Aviation and Int Injury, London), Jenny Bowden (Divorce and Family, Leeds)



Career stories

Laura and Martin have recently written their career stories for our series highlighting some of the diverse paths that our employees have taken to get to where they are today and how they have progressed at Stewarts. You can view Laura’s story here and Martin’s here.

To see all our career stories please visit our Careers area here.



Media contact: Lydia Buckingham, Senior Marketing Executive, +44 (0) 20 7822 8134,

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