New faces in West Midlands leading individuals’ list

Sally Mewies, Gowling WLG

The 2018 Legal 500 report has added 26 people from 20 different firms to its list of leading individuals, which highlights the strongest performing lawyers in the West Midlands.

Eversheds Sutherland and Shakespeare Martineau each had three new names highlighted while Gowling WLG and Pinsent Masons both have two additional lawyers join the leading individuals’ list.

Amy Flavell

Two lawyers – Amy Flavell at Pinsent Masons and Bevan Brittan’s James Gutteridge – made the step up from the 2017 next generation list.

However the gender divide in the senior ranks of the profession continues, with only six women among the 26 additions to this year’s list. In 2017, eight of the 40 new leading individuals were female lawyers.

Banking and finance
Mohammed Saqub, Shakespeare Martineau

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Adam Fisher, Eversheds Sutherland (International)
Nick Bamford, DLA Piper

Andrew Mellor

Commercial property: Birmingham
Andrew Mellor, Shakespeare Martineau
Philip Medford, Eversheds Sutherland (International)

Contentious trusts and probate
Kamal Majevadia, Sydney Mitchell

Crime: general
Tim Coolican, Slater and Gordon

Dee Kundi

Debt Recovery
Alan Hamblett, Shakespeare Martineau
Dee Kundi, VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)
Larry Coltman, Coltman Warner Cranston

James Gutteridge, Bevan Brittan

Andrew Lichfield, Gowling WLG

Family: Birmingham
Beverley Morris, Lodders Solicitors

Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Andy Caldicott, Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Melissa Southall, Cartwright King

Stephanie Slinn

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Amy Flavell, Pinsent Masons
Stephanie Slinn, Clarke Willmott

Intellectual property
Cerryg Jones, Browne Jacobson
Simon Barker, Freeths

IT and telecoms
Craig Armstrong, Shoosmiths
Sally Mewies, Gowling WLG

Local Government
Didar Dhillon, Pinsent Masons

Gary Delderfield

Gary Delderfield, Eversheds Sutherland (International)

Personal injury: defendant
James Harvey, BLM

Professional negligence
David Gooding, Mills & Reeve

Darren Kenny, DWF