People: Law firm makes a dozen promotions; Senior planner hire for Harris Lamb; and more

Thursfields Solicitors has promoted 12 lawyers.

Key promotions are Stewart Coles, Louise Jones and Laura Williams, who have all become directors in the firm’s commercial property, residential property and family departments respectively, and Harbinder Gosal, who is now an associate director in the family department.

Michelle O’Hara, managing director of Thursfields Solicitors, said: “We’re delighted to be making well-deserved promotions across the firm to recognise colleagues’ commitment to our clients at Thursfields.

“One of the privileges and challenges of running a law firm is to shape a workplace where colleagues can bring their best for the benefit of our clients and themselves. Each colleague brings unique strengths and talents to their area of work.

“Stewart is a highly experienced commercial property lawyer with specific expertise in healthcare and pensions.

“He is well-known by agents and surveyors in the Black Country and his customer repeat business reflects his commitment to client service.

“Louise is well-regarded in residential property law and clients often feedback on her ‘can do’ attitude and drive to get the transaction through.

“Laura is well-known and highly regarded for her family law expertise in the Worcestershire market.

“She leads a team, and colleagues value her positivity, collaboration and innovation.

“Harbinder is a highly experienced family lawyer with specific focus on finances and children, and she has built a strong key referrer network in the Midlands.

“Colleagues value her empathy, commitment to clients and her strong team-based ethos.”

Other promotions include three lawyers who have become senior associates, and five who have become associates. They are:

Senior associates
Cerith Rees, Private Client
Jill Roberts, Family
Darren Cox,  Residential Property

Nicola Pearce, Commercial Property
Andrew Piggin, Residential Property
Reiss Taylor, Private Client
Katherine Hall, Commercial Property
Georgia Morris, Dispute Resolution

O’Hara added: “I want to congratulate all colleagues on their new appointments and thank them all for their contribution to Thursfields.”


Harris Lamb has expanded its team with the appointment of a senior planner.

Ed Simcox joins the business from Wychavon District Council, bringing extensive knowledge of residential and employment land projects to the team.

Patrick Downes, director, said: “We are delighted that Ed has joined the business. He brings extensive experience within the sector, having spent almost five years working at a consultancy level and a further three for the local authority.

“Our team undertakes a lot of work within the Wychavon area, and with Ed being part of the authority’s development management team, we had built up a good working relationship with him and were impressed with his professionalism and his knowledge.”



360 Chartered Accountants has announced four new appointments.

Hannah Lawton and Olivia Sutton are both being promoted to assistant managers while Leah Sanderson and Rebecca Cole are being promoted to senior accounts executives.

Client services director, Sophie Holmes, who leads 360’s team of accountants, trainees and apprentices, said: “These promotions are testament to everyone’s hard work and dedication.  At 360, we strongly believe in mentoring and supporting our team and developing their careers.  As we continue to expand, it’s important to ensure we are building a strong team – and we are confident we are doing just that.”

Sutton joined 360 straight from school as an apprentice four years ago.  She is now a part-qualified accountant, having passed her final AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) exams last year.  She is currently studying for her ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualifications to become fully qualified as a chartered accountant.

Lawton, who is also studying for her ACCA qualifications, was appointed in January to work in the 360 accounts team after three successful years at a firm in Driffield.

Sanderson joined 360 as a trainee accountant last year, initially spending time with the firm’s Charities and Corporate team before working across all accounts departments to gain experience in all aspects of accountancy.

Cole joined 360 as an apprentice after completing her GCSEs five years ago.  She has almost completed her AAT apprenticeship and will then move forward to her chartered accountant qualifications.