People: Trio of partners appointed at accountancy firm; Law firm welcomes recruit from Addleshaw Goddard; and more

Tariq Javaid, Russell Turner, Sarah Ashton and Matthew Grant

Accountancy firm Garbutt + Elliott has appointed a trio of partners.

Sarah Ashton, Matthew Grant and Tariq Javaid have been promoted from director positions within the payroll, business services and corporate finance teams respectively.

Garbutt + Elliott managing partner Russell Turner said: “We are delighted to announce the promotion of Sarah, Matthew and Tariq from director to partner positions. They have a wealth of experience and expertise within their respective sectors, and are well equipped for their new roles.

“All three have strong professional relationships with their clients and a positive can-do attitude which is really important. They are instrumental to our ongoing growth strategy.”


Simon Young, Kayleigh Fantoni and Dominic Higham of Clarion’s commercial dispute practice

Clarion’s expanding commercial dispute practice has seen further growth with the appointment of another new recruit, Kayleigh Fantoni, who joins as an associate solicitor with five years’ post qualification experience.

Fantoni graduated from the University of York before undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Law and then completing the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Leeds.  She then trained and qualified at Addleshaw Goddard.

Her experience includes advising on a wide range of commercial disputes, acting for a variety of clients including high net worth individuals, owner managed businesses and PLCs.

Simon Young, partner and head of the dispute resolution practice at Clarion, said: “With ever increasing demand for our dispute resolution services, it has been a very busy year for our litigation practice and, with her commercial experience, Kayleigh will further strengthen our team.”



Pam Napier

Tech firm Vapour Cloud has strengthened its growing team with the appointment of four senior figures within the business.

Laura Nevin has joined the company as account director. Having spent the last five years of her career with business internet provider Metronet, she will now be responsible for the development of Vapour’s network, voice and cloud technology sales.

Fellow account director Pam Napier will head up the expansion of Vapour’s cloud division – an area of the business continually attracting larger and more complex enquiries from customers throughout the UK. She was previously a partner manager at Oriium, therefore has vast knowledge of cloud solutions.

Conor Marken is also on board as sales manager for Vapour’s data security, storage and back-up solutions, which are proving as popular among end users as they are the reseller channel.

Emma Ashcroft joins the company as marketing manager, following 20 years’ communications experience. She will be responsible for projecting the Vapour brand to key target markets, to support the firm’s plans to reach £12m turnover by 2020.

The hires follow news last month that Vapour had attracted a further £1m of investment from Seneca Partners. When the additional capital was announced, CEO Tim Mercer pledged to boost the team’s headcount by 20%.