Legal Appointments: Irwin Mitchell; DLA Piper; Harrison Clark Rickerbys
New partner for Irwin Mitchell
AN international personal injury specialist has become the latest partner to be appointed to the Birmingham office of Irwin Mitchell.
Liz Tetzner is one of seven new partners across the firm, six of whom are women.
The promotions, which cover the legal and non-legal teams, are part of the firm’s plan to cement its position as a leading force in the legal sector.
Congratulating all seven on their promotion, Group Chief Executive Andrew Tucker said each had built strong connections with clients over their time with Irwin Mitchell.
He said: “Each one of our new partners has a strong client focus in everything they do and thoroughly deserve their promotion.
“These promotions reflect the high level of expertise we have within our group and the importance we place on investing in our people to ensure we continue to deliver the services our clients rightly demand of us as the market continues to evolve.”
New partner stokes up DLA Piper
DLA Piper has appointed Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer Gareth Stokes to partner at its Birmingham office.
The promotion is part of a series of appointments made by the firm at its various practices around the globe.
Huw Dolphin, Office Managing Partner for DLA Piper in Birmingham, said: “I am delighted that Gareth has been promoted, and this news demonstrates a commitment to the Midlands region for DLA Piper and continued investment in the careers of our lawyers.”
HCR claims region first
HARRISON Clark Rickerbys is claiming a unique development for the region’s legal sector with the formation of an in-house Banking and Finance team.
The firm, which operates from six, regional offices across the West Midlands, South West and Thames Valley, said the 15-strong team would deliver a highly specialised legal service to both borrowers and lenders and cover all forms of lending from traditional senior debt and asset finance, through to peer-to-peer and crowd funding, and bridging finance.
The move is part of a strategy to develop specialist services in a number of areas, including banking law, real estate finance, asset finance, restructuring and Islamic finance.
The team is bolstered by the presence of seven finance partners, each highly experienced, together with two finance industry specialists.
The team is lead by ex-DLA Piper and Hill Dickinson banking and finance heavyweight Tim Littler.
He said: “The combined experience of our Banking and Finance team is truly exceptional, and probably unique outside of London and the major cities. By bringing these individuals together in one, regional firm, we can offer our clients an easily-accessed, partner-led service delivering the very best legal solutions.“
Alongside Littler, are partners: Tim Walker, who is a leader in banking and asset finance law; restructuring lawyer Jon Whitbread; property finance lawyer Mark Carter; finance litigators Adam Finch and Fiona Hayles; and Islamic finance specialist Cindy Bexfield. They are supported by associate Jenny Raymond (finance litigation), senior associate Suzie Gilhooly (banking), property finance assistant Emme Kent and associate Harry Bengough.
The two finance industry consultants are: Mark Bolshaw, who was head of Lloyds Leveraged Finance in the regions, and commercial finance specialist Pete Raybould, who has joined from Aldermore.
“By combining both legal and banking industry expertise, we can advise clients on the full range of options like no other law firm,” added Littler.
Pictured is the HCR in-house Banking and Finance team: (back row, from left) Mark Bolshaw, Adam Finch, Tim Littler, Pete Raybauld; (middle row, from left) Jon Whitbread, Mark Carter, Suzie Gilhooly, Harry Bengough; (front row, from left) Jenny Raymond, Tim Walker.