Stewarts has promoted seven of its senior associates to the partnership in its largest ever partner promotions round.
The seven new partners are Elaina Bailes, Lorraine Lanceley and Nick Haworth (all Commercial Litigation), Darren Kidd and Lee Ellis (both Tax Litigation), Christopher Deacon (Aviation and International Injury) and Hugh Johnson (Clinical Negligence).
In addition, Stewarts has created a new legal director role this year. This role provides an alternative to partnership and reflects individual career aspirations beyond the traditional partnership track. The legal directors all have a minimum of eight years PQE, are experts in their field, and already operating at a senior level.
Five senior associates have been promoted to Legal Director, including Francesca Berry, Karen Hutchinson (both Commercial Litigation), Tom Matusiak (Commercial Litigation, KM and Compliance), Edward Heaton (Divorce and Family) and Alexandra Bennett (Clinical Negligence).
Mark Lewis was promoted to Economist Director, recognising the value those not legally qualified bring to the business.
John Cahill, Managing Partner, commented:
“I am delighted that we are in a position to promote seven lawyers to partner status.
“Whilst we have been actively recruiting lateral hires in the last 12 months, the retention and promotion of our internal talent remains paramount to our strategic plans for growth.”
These promotions bring the total number of partners to 67.
As well as the partner promotions, 11 associates were promoted to senior associates.
Carla Applegate (Clinical Negligence), Stewart Young (Clinical Negligence), Anna Higham (Clinical Negligence), Stefan Edwards (Commercial Litigation), Harry McGowan (Commercial Litigation), Joe Mitchell (Commercial Litigation), Sarah Havers (Divorce and Family), Trevona Hettiarachchi (Divorce and Family), Charlotte Sanders (Divorce and Family), Veronica Connolly (International Arbitration) and Lucy Mills (Personal Injury).
Francesca Berry and Karen Hutchinson recently wrote a joint career story, they have been job sharing a role since October 2016. In their career story Francesca and Karen discuss the practicalities, benefits and client feedback of their shared role. Read more here.
The career story is one of a 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. To see all our career stories please visit our Careers area here.
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