On the move: the latest East Midlands hires

Helen Barton

Wilkin Chapman has welcomed a trio of senior hires.

David Richardson

Commercial property lawyer Helen Barton has joined the law firm’s Lincoln office as a partner. She brings 15 years’ experience to the role and will specialise in sustainability.

Rural dispute resolution expert David Richardson has been appointed as a senior solicitor in Beverley, while domestic property specialist Steve Watson takes on the same role at Wilkin Chapman’s Grimsby office.

Stephen Watson

Barton said: “Wilkin Chapman has been a firm that I’ve known of for years from when I worked in Lincoln. I’ve watched it grow and become the entity that it is now. There was only going to be one firm that I would come back to Lincoln for and that was Wilkin Chapman.

“The way that it’s grown, the fact that it’s forward thinking and the different sectors that it’s moving into made it a very attractive prospect.”

Meanwhile, the company has promoted Hannah Gamble to solicitor following the completion of her training contract.

Elsewhere, Leicester-based accountancy firm Rowleys has appointed Rebecca Scotton as senior tax manager.

Scotton joins Rowleys from a London-based firm where she advised private clients leaving the UK.

She began her tax career at KPMG in Birmingham before relocating to London in 2012. Scotton worked for a range of large and small practices during her time in the capital.

Mark Hook and Rebecca Scotton

She said: “I’m excited to join such a great bunch of motivated and enthusiastic people.

“Rowleys has an excellent reputation in the East Midlands and attracts interesting clients. I’m looking forward to building my network and drawing on my experience to make a difference to our clients.”

Mark Hook, partner and head of tax at Rowleys added: “When we started talking to Rebecca in January, we knew straight away that Rebecca’s enthusiasm would fit the culture of the firm. She has a broad range of tax experience that will enhance our existing team and bolster our tax services for our clients. We’re delighted to have her onboard.”