People: mfg Solicitors; Strategi Solutions; Naismiths

Midlands law firm mfg Solicitors has announced 10 promotions across various departments, including the appointments of three new partners, two senior associates and five associates.

Residential property specialist Sharon Lerry has been promoted to partner along with colleagues, Beth Tutchener-Ellis a family law expert, and Tom Bell from the firm’s agriculture and rural affairs department.

The firm has also announced two senior associate promotions, with Rebecca Rogers in its litigation department and Phil Hunt from the firm’s Commercial Property department both stepping up from associate level.

Meanwhile, the firm has confirmed five additional promotions with residential property specialists Lucy Beaumont and Hayley Pearce, Victoria Wall from Contentious Probate, Nazia Riaz from Private Client, and Litigation specialist Rachel
Gill, all being promoted to associate level.

Andrew Davies, partner and managing director of mfg Solicitors said: “We’re continuing to expand in a variety of areas with more and more people and businesses turning to us for professional advice. This means we must have nothing but the best people in place, so I am delighted with these latest promotions which stretch across several of our departments and offices.

“To see Sharon, Beth and Tom step up to become partners is a proud moment for us, and I have no doubt they will prove to be superb appointments in the months and years ahead. Meanwhile, having many more of the team stepping up to become senior associates and associates shows we’re well prepared for the future in a number of specialisms. I’d like to congratulate each and every one of them.”

The confirmed list of annual promotions at mfg Solicitors is as follows:

New partners
Sharon Lerry, residential property – Worcester
Tom Bell, agriculture and rural affairs – Worcester
Beth Tutchener-Ellis, family – Telford

New senior associates
Rebecca Rogers, litigation – Kidderminster
Phil Hunt, commercial property – Birmingham

New associates
Lucy Beaumont, residential property – Ludlow
Hayley Pearce, residential property – Ludlow
Victoria Wall, contentious probate – Kidderminster
Nazia Riaz, private client – Worcester
Rachel Gill, litigation – Telford


Strategi Solutions, a Staffordshire-based business consultancy focused on delivering HR, learning, marketing and creative solutions, has recently bolstered its team with a duo of new hires.

Sarah Brunt, has joined the business as a graphic designer. With a First Class Honours degree in Graphic Design and a wealth of expertise gained from a series of design and content roles, Brunt will work closely with Strategi’s varied client base to grow their businesses.

Josie Mole, an experienced marketeer, has been appointed as marketing account manager. Mole, who previously held roles including Digital Marketing Executive and commercial manager, will add great value in providing support for Strategi’s clients, identifying opportunities for growth to enable each business to thrive. She also holds a BA Honours degree in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services.

Rob Fisher, managing director of Strategi Solutions, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Sarah and Josie to the Strategi team. Their experience, passion and knowledge, particularly in the areas of creative and marketing, will add significant value for both current and prospective clients. As the business expands we’re keen to ensure that our clients continue to receive an excellent service and these new appointments will help push that ethos.”


National real estate and construction consultancy Naismiths has bolstered its team with a new chief technology officer, as a continuation of its strategic growth plans in relation to digital analytics.

Gareth Parker joins as chief technology officer, tasked with progressing Naismiths’ technology agenda as the consultancy continues to focus on data and digital tools to enhance its analytics offering.

Gareth Parker

Parker has 16 years of commercial experience within the technology sector, with his most recent role being the head of front-end development at a fintech start-up.

He said said: “There are so many possibilities with digital analytics within the construction and property sector. I’m excited to utilise this opportunity to truly make Naismiths a technology-forward consultancy. The team has already been doing amazing work with its new platform, Naismiths Analytics, and taking advantage of the incredible amount of data available within the sector and their own 60-year-old history.

“I intend to build on those results and introduce strategies that will not only streamline our processes but also push our analytics offering further. There are interesting things happening within the digital space, especially with AI, and Naismiths is happy to harness those possibilities quickly and strategically for its clients. I look forward to working with the team and realising
Naismiths Analytics’ potential.”

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