New faces to watch highlighted in 2019 rankings

Cherry Elliott, Higgs & Sons

35 lawyers representing 24 firms in the West Midlands have been added to the ones to watch lists in this year’s Legal 500.

Ten lawyers have been designated as next generation partners and a further 25 as rising stars.

Gowling WLG and Shoosmiths each have three new lawyers, while Anthony Collins Solicitors, Browne Jacobson, Eversheds Sutherland, Higgs & Sons, Lanyon Bowdler, Pinsent Masons and Wright Hassall have two each.

Next Generation Partners and Rising Stars – New additions in 2019

Rising stars, unless stated

Corporate and commercial

Jamie Chambers, Parisi Tax

Corporate and commercial – Birmingham
Robert Newman – DLA Piper UK LLP

Corporate and commercial – elsewhere in the West Midlands
Helen Higginbotham – Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Nathan Lapsley – Wright Hassall LLP

Corporate tax
Jamie Chambers – Parisi Tax LLP


Crime, fraud and licensing
John Veale – Kangs Solicitors


Dispute resolution

Sarah Hope, Eversheds Sutherland

Banking litigation
Sarah Hope – Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Next Generation)
Katie Molloy – Gowling WLG
Martin Ward – Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP


Human resources

Helen Corden – Pinsent Masons LLP (Next Generation)
Antonia Blackwell – Shoosmiths LLP
Louise Clifford – Gowling WLG
James Gutteridge – Bevan Brittan LLP
Emma-Louise Hewitt – Sydney Mitchell LLP
Lisa Kemp – Thursfields Solicitors

Health & Safety
Rachel Lyne – Browne Jacobson LLP (Next Generation)
Kate Oliver – Gateley Plc



Victoria Fullilove, Anthony Collins

Clinical negligence: claimant
Emma Broomfield – Lanyon Bowdler
Victoria Fullilove – Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Clinical negligence: defendant
Jasmine Armstrong – Weightmans LLP (Next Generation)

Personal injury: claimant
Dawn Humphries – Lanyon Bowdler (Next Generation)
Debbie Humphries – Lanyon Bowdler (Next Generation)
Victoria Fullilove – Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
Steven Santy – Higgs & Sons

Personal injury: defendant
Mark Walsh – Kennedys (Next Generation)
Matthew Harpin – Browne Jacobson LLP
Ravinder Johal – Shakespeare Martineau LLP


Private client

Mark Hands, Irwin Mitchell

Family: Birmingham
Mark Hands – Irwin Mitchell
Hannah Nicholls – Shoosmiths LLP

Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Sarah Jones – Beswicks Legal

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Jennifer Russell – Wright Hassall LLP


Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Cherry Elliott – Higgs & Sons (Next Generation)

Heidi Slater – Pinsent Masons LLP (Next Generation)

Property litigation
Rob Bridgman – Gowling WLG


TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Andrew Brennan – Shoosmiths LLP (Next Generation)
Claire O’Brien – Mills & Reeve LLP (Next Generation)