Who was doing what and where in 2013...
30 December 2013
Harding Evans – Looking forward to 2014, Newport based HardingEvans has made two key new appointments: Kate Lingley joins the firm’s crime department as an Assistant Criminal Defence Solicitor whilst Lucy Mason is starting as an Assistant Solicitor for the firm’s residential property department. Read more here.
JCP Solicitors – the Swansea firm, one of Wales’ leading independent law firms, has boosted its commercial credentials with 3 new appointments to its corporate and commercial property teams: Betsan Powell, Kerry Beynon and Leanne Jones. The appointments follow a significant period of growth for the firm which has seen 26 other appointments since July 2013. Read more here.
10 December 2013
Watkins & Gunn – with eCommerce still relatively new to the legal sector, the creation of a new eCommerce legal offering called “Gateway2Law” involves developing an enhanced web presence and software to provide a path to an online personalised legal service complete with payment facilities. The project will create five new legal jobs and safeguard a further five jobs. Read more here.
Glamorgan Law – Following its highly successful ventures in Pontypridd and Cowbridge, Glamorgan Law, the rapidly growing South Wales legal firm, is now moving into Caerphilly with mergers with two of the leading Caerphilly firms Charles Crookes & Jones and Davies Sully Wilkins. Read the full press release here.
26 November 2013
At the recent IWA/Western Mail Welsh National Business Awards, debt collections specialists, CCI Legal, won the ‘Best Use of Foreign Languages in Business’ Award in recognition of its achievement in creating an International Call Centre in North Wales. The judges felt that CCI’s “language management strategy (in which communication and cultural empathy feature strongly) is undoubtedly part of their strength as a company.” Read more here.
29 October 2013
Geldards - based at the law firm’s Cardiff office, Claire Johnson brings her experience to a rapidly expanding team that “is already one of the most highly regarded private client teams in Wales.” Read more here.
Watkins & Gunn - the Cardiff-based firm came third in the regional category for Wales and the West Midlands after receiving feedback from judges that described it as “a firm which is clearly proactive in winning and retaining clients via innovative means as well as more traditional routes.” Read more here.
NewLaw - with a record number of entries received for this year’s Law Society Excellence Awards, the judges had a tough task in deciding the finalists. Step forward Helen Molyneux, CEO of Cardiff based NewLaw solicitors, who won in the category of Legal Business Woman of the Year. Read more here.
15 October 2013
HardingEvans – following stints at firms in London and Bristol, Jane Rogers has been appointed new medical negligence partner in HardingEvans’ medical negligence department. The appointment strengthens the firm’s position as one of the largest medical negligence teams in the country. Read more here.
And in further good news for the firm, the management team has been has been named a finalist in the ‘Management Team of the Year’ category of the National Management and Leadership Awards 2013. The firm was selected in recognition of the proactive ways it has dealt with the changes to the legal industry. To read more, click here.
1 October 2013
Geldards – investing in the next generation of lawyers, Geldards has taken on newly qualifieds James Vaughan, David Moore and Katie Wyatt. The new recruits will help to strengthen the firm’s nationally recognised corporate, property and litigation teams. Read more here.
17 September 2013
Slater & Gordon - Rachel Harfield, Team Leader for the Employment Department at Slater & Gordon’s Cardiff office, has been appointed to Senior Associate. Rachel acts for senior executives, private and public sector employees across a wide spectrum of employment disputes and employment related issues and is recognised by the Legal 500 legal directory as being “cool under fire and a tough negotiator". You have been warned! Read more about Rachel here.
9 Park Place Chambers - Adrian Jackson has joined the Civil Team at 9 Park Place Chambers in Cardiff. A Cardiffian called to the bar in 1990, Adrian is coming home to God's country following many years of successful practice from St John’s Buildings in Sheffield. His work encompasses high value and complex commercial disputes, adverse possession claims and boundary disputes (Chancery) and multi-track/industrial disease personal injury claims. Read the full press release here.
Gamlins - with roots going back to 1889, Gamlins solicitors in Llandudno has merged with William George & Son in Porthmadog, founded in 1885. According to Philip George, partner at William George & Son and great nephew of David Lloyd George, “the new company will be committed to providing personal affordable advice to both private and corporate clients.” Read more here.
3 September 2013
Sinclairslaw - Andrew Barrowclough has been appointed partner at Sinclairslaw after six years of practising law. Andrew heads up the Education and Social Care department at Sinclairslaw and specialises in obtaining appropriate support for disabled children and university students. Read the full article here.
20 August 2013
Hugh James - Sue Miller, head of business development and marketing at Hugh James, talks to the Western Mail about her life and how she came to be in Cardiff, working for a business that employs 515 staff and is regarded as the largest indigenous law firm in Wales. Read the article here.
NewLaw - fending off an enormous amount of competition and the only remaining representative from Wales, NewLaw has been short listed in 3 categories in the Modern Law Awards:
13 August 2013
NewLaw: Rhiannon Cambrook-Woods joins NewLaw after a period of significant growth and will be responsible for managing over 20,000 new claims per year with a team of over 240 people across the company’s 3 offices in Cardiff, Bristol and Basingstoke. Joining Rhiannon in the Cardiff office is Stuart Howard, who has been appointed as a Senior Litigator in the road traffic accidents team. With previous experience at London’s Lyons Davidson, Stuart will also be assisting with the streamlining of processes and providing his technical expertise and advice to junior handlers. Read the full press release here.
6 August 2013
Clarkslegal LLP - from the firm's Company and Commercial group, Rhiannon Holtham has been promoted to Partner and Suzie Chetri to Associate. According to the firm, these promotions reflect the excellent and very hard work done by Rhiannon and Suzie in building and maintaining its Welsh public sector clients over the past few years. They have both been instrumental in helping grow the firm’s general profile and reputation in Wales and will continue to develop project work; in particular on procurement, waste/environmental matters, social housing and education.
23 July 2013
In this interview, former President of the Cardiff & District Law Society and former Managing Partner of Cardiff based Morgan Cole, Guy Clarke talks about his latest role as secretary of Cardiff Business Club and how he is looking forward to working to ensure Cardiff gets the credit UK-wide that it deserves.
And sticking with the law society/managing partner theme, Geoffrey Rees, Managing partner of Swansea firm Beor Wilson Lloyd, has recently enjoyed 2 successes: being voted president of Swansea and District Law Society; and, receiving confirmation that the firm has retained its Lexcel accreditation for the 10th year in succession. More here.
16 July 2013
Hugh James – the top 100 law firm has appointed Iwan Jenkins as a partner in their construction team. A construction and projects specialist, Iwan has advised on numerous projects in the development, social housing, education, local and national government sectors. He is also a board director of Constructing Excellence in Wales. Read the full press announcement here.
Geldards - Geldards LLP has today announced that it has acquired the business and assets of London-based niche public services practice TPP Law. Geldards’ Chief Executive, Jeff Pearson said: “The acquisition of TPP Law is part of our strategic plan to build on our existing strengths in public sector work and to expand this into a wider public services offering for both public authorities and the growing number of companies and charities active in public services markets.” Read the full press release here.
9 July 2013
Morgan Cole: partner Phil Jardine has been named as a member of the Cardiff Business Council (CBC), a new business body with a mandate to represent the views and interests of the private sector and other stakeholders in the Cardiff city region. As well as supporting the economic development of Cardiff and the capital region, it will also contribute towards the marketing and promotion of Cardiff and efforts to attract inward investment projects. Read more here.
Geldards: Huw Williams has been interviewed by the Law Society Gazette. Charting his journey from Mid Glamorgan County Council to head of public law at Cardiff's Geldards LLP, Huw gives his opinions on the fledgling Welsh legislative process. Read more here.
2 July 2013
Lewis Lewis & Co – bucking the trend in the area, Lewis Lewis & Co is expanding its Carmarthen office to include Ian Rees and Sally Rogers. Ian joins from QualitySolicitors Redkite and will specialise in personal injury matters. Sally is a family law specialist well known throughout West Wales for her work. Read the press announcement here.
25 June 2013
HardingEvans – after completing significant investment in new technology and processes, HardingEvans is now investing heavily in personnel with the appointment of Craig Bond and Nathan Jones to senior positions in the firm’s criminal law team. Craig Bond is one of the country’s foremost motoring lawyers and Nathan Jones joins the team with almost a decade of criminal law experience gained from working in a number of South Wales firms. More here.
11 June 2013
Darwin Gray: one of the founders of Darwin Gray, Bethan Darwin, has announced she is to leave the Cardiff law firm. Ms Darwin is to join Commercial Conclusion as a consultant, where she will continue to specialise in employment and boardroom law. Commercial Conclusion was set up by her husband David Thompson in 2010. More here.
Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice: The Cardiff firm, founded in 1996, has announced its conversion from traditional partnership to LLP status as well as taking on a new shareholder (“partner”) in in the form of Sarah Wyburn. Miss Wyburn joined the firm in 2000. More here.
4 June 2013
Hugh James - After seeing growth of 12% in 2012, Cardiff law firm Hugh James has announced a bumper crop of promotions for 2013 including three new partners: Stephanie Eedy (insurance and corporate risk); Grainne Barton (clinical negligence, London); and Gareth Wisdom (will writing – Hugh James Involegal LLP). Read more here.
Shaun Jamieson: one of five senior appointments to Cardiff Council, Shaun Jamieson, partner at Hugh James Solicitors, has been named county solicitor. Council leader Heather Joyce said: “These appointments are an important first step towards making sure this council is properly accountable, able to achieve extremely difficult financial savings as well as protect jobs and services and I look forward to working with all the directors closely as we continue to deliver for the people of Cardiff and Wales.”
QualitySolicitors Redkite: Andrew Manning has taken the helm at QualitySolicitors Redkite which has 7 offices in West Wales. Formerly chief executive of law firm Bevan Brittan, Manning has extensive experience of business operations in several industries outside law and is expected to play a key role in developing the firm’s plans for the future. Read the full press release here.
28 May 2013
South Wales firms Trevor Griffiths Solicitors and Hughes Jenkins Solicitors have merged. The news was covered by the Law Society's Gazette and, as you can see by following the link here, is illustrated with a lovel photo of the "Wales landscape" - no doubt to remind everyone in England how beautiful Wales is!
21 May 2013
At the society's AGM on 16 May 2013 in Cardiff, Simon Cradick was elected President of the Cardiff & District Law Society. Simon is a partner at Morgan Cole where he advises insurers on high value and complex personal injury claims. Simon is also the honorary secretary of the Welsh Personal Injury Lawyers Association and is listed in Chambers Legal Directory as a leading lawyer for defendant personal injury work in Wales. Simon will hold the position of President for one year and follows in the footsteps of his father, Roger Cradick, who was president in 1986. Simon replaces outgoing president Anne-Louise Ferguson of Legal & Risk Services (part of the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership).
14 May 2013
Consult Capital, part of Capital Law, has bought Insight, a human resources and management consultancy business based in Crawley, West Sussex. Consult Capital already provides training and consultancy services in HR, health and safety, occupational health, fire safety, organisational development and leadership and management development. Read more about the acquisition here.
7 May 2013
Greenaway Scott: Rhian Osborne has been promoted to Director of the Commercial & Contracts division of Cardiff based Greenaway Scott. Miss Osborne, graduated with a degree in neuroscience before moving into law and has previously worked for a biotechnology company. Greenaway Scott was set up by Nigel Greenaway in January 2013 and provides corporate, commercial and employment advice to companies, charities, co-operatives and community benefit societies. Read more here.
30 April 2013
Wendy Hopkins: founded in 1996, Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice LLP was Wales’ first specialist law firm dedicated solely to family law. Miss O’Connell, from Abergavenny, is a Cardiff graduate who joins the team after a successful two years as a paralegal, where she was able to gain experience of working on high-profile multi-million pound cases. Ms Chouhdary, of Cardiff, graduated from the University of Birmingham, then completed her legal practice course at the College of Law in Birmingham. See here for more.
Morgan Cole: Lawyers James Williams, Paula Kathrens and Penri Desscan (pictured below, left to right) have all been promoted to partners. Meanwhile, the firm’s professional indemnity team, led by partner Clare Hughes-Williams and comprised of one associate and three solicitors, has joined DAC Beachcroft in Newport. Having joined Morgan Cole in 1992 as a trainee and now a partner and the firm’s IT Director, Jeff Wright has also announced his intention to leave the firm to join Integreon as Vice President, Global Procurement and IT Service Delivery.
8 April 2013
ABS news: Like buses, you wait around for ages then 2 turn up together! NewLaw enters into an ABS with Ageas Insurance and Cordner Lewis enters into an ABS with Admiral Insurance. ABSolutely amazing! (sorry).
Partner news: JCP Solicitors (main office in Swansea) has appointed two new partners to its growing regional practice: Richard Howells (specialising in Contentious Probate and Trusts and Property Litigation) and Amy Seppman (Marketing Director). Click here for more.
27 March 2013
The Welsh office of Slater & Gordon has beaten 200 other employers across the UK to win best newcomer for work experience schemes. The win was secured following recognition by the judges of the firm’s commitment to giving students unrestricted exposure to a broad level of practical experience. Read the full press release.
15 March 2013
NewLaw appoints new Trainee Solicitors following vigorous appointment process. Elinor Billing joins Private Client, Emma-Louise Faulkner and Laura Metcalfe join the Fast Track PI team and Jodie Hubbard joins the Serious Injury Team. All 4 new trainees are based in NewLaw's Cardiff office.
27 February 2013
Watkins & Gunn appoints two new solicitors to expand team into new Cardiff office. Aron McMahon and Leah Ruddock (pictured) will work from the firm’s new office in Llandaff following its opening in November. Read the full press release here.
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