People: Law firm expands agricultural team; Accountancy giant invests in youth

Amy Cowdell
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Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has enlarged the size of its agricultural law team.

Partner Amy Cowdell, legal director Jennie Wheildon and solicitor Kimberley Brookes have joined the team – bringing with them more than 30 years’ combined experience in agricultural law.

Head of agriculture Peter Snodgrass, who advises his farming clients on a wide variety of matters from partnerships to agricultural tenancies, said: “The legal requirements of the agricultural sector can be complex and we recognise the importance of having access to an expert team of lawyers who understand and have experience of the multitude of challenges that can affect a farming business.

“Farmers and land managers deal with ever growing and more diverse businesses. These issues require specialist legal support and advice they can rely on. We understand farming and the pressures our clients have to contend with, so we’re thrilled that Amy, Jennie and Kim bring their experience and new strength and breadth to Shakespeare Martineau’s offering to farmers and landowners.”

Ali Breadon

PwC has welcomed 29 graduates, higher apprentices and school leavers to its East Midlands office in Castle Donington as part of its autumn intake.

With a further 152 recruits into PwC’s Birmingham office and 25 into Milton Keynes, PwC’s total recruitment reaches a record 276 new joiners across the Midlands.

From this, 54% are from non-selective state schools, 44% are from minority ethnic backgrounds, 40% are female and 38% have come from households where neither parent has completed higher education studies.

Ali Breadon, market senior partner, East Midlands, PwC said: “We are delighted to welcome our annual intake of graduates, higher apprentices and school leavers to our East Midlands office. We are committed to offering opportunities to those at the outset of their careers by helping them develop relevant skills for our changing economy.

“We recruit local talent from a diverse range of backgrounds, because we want to actively invest in the next generation of future leaders from our region.

“We are also committed to inspiring young people in the region in an increasingly digital world, showing them the breadth of technology careers and how technology is used in all walks of life in a more inclusive way. #This also reflects the critical and growing role of new technologies to our business and our clients and underscores our commitment to regional growth and supporting regional rebalancing.

“It’s also pleasing to see how our ‘Class of 2021’ have already adapted so well to our new hybrid way of working.”