Stewarts has promoted four to the partnership from 1 May 2022.

The four new partners are Sophie Lalor-Harbord and Harry McGowan both from Commercial Litigation, Matthew Tighe from Competition Litigation and Chris Smith from Personal Injury.

Two of the new partners are based in London and two in Leeds. Two completed their training contract with the firm.

Sophie Lalor-Harbord specialises in complex commercial litigation with particular experience in the media and technology sectors.

Harry McGowan was previously an investment banker and was head of a Global Structured Credit Trading team. Harry now specialises in acting for institutional investors in complex securities litigation. His most notable experiences were assisting on the RBS Rights Issue Litigation and Tesco Litigation. Harry trained with Stewarts, qualifying in 2017.

Matthew Tighe is in our competition litigation team, and specialises in a range of high-value and complex competition disputes. He has particular experience in litigation costs and funding. He trained at Stewarts, qualifying in October 2010.

Chris Smith joined the personal injury department in Leeds in 2014, acting in complex and high-value cases for adults, children and protected parties. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Chris was called to the Bar in 2008.

John Cahill, Managing Partner, commented:

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

“The retention and promotion of our homegrown talent remains critical to our success and plans for the future.”

The promotions bring the number of partners as of 1 May 2022 to 78.

In addition, eight lawyers were promoted to Senior Associate:

  • Lauren Atkinson, Charlotte Foster and Charlotte Tan – Personal Injury
  • Jemma Goddard – Trust and Probate Litigation
  • Sarah Harvey, Rosie Stewart and Fawn Wilkinson – Divorce and Family
  • Tom Otter – Commercial Litigation

The promotions follow a bumper promotions round in 2021, more on that here.



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