Raft of appointments at DLA Piper and Walker Morris

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Two of Yorkshire’s major law firms have made a host of promotions across their offices.

Walker Morris, which will be moving to new offices at 33 Wellington Place this summer, has invested in specialist expertise this year with the promotion of nine of its lawyers to senior associate level.

The appointments follow the firm’s announcement earlier this month that it was making 11 senior level promotions across the firm including three partners and eight directors.

The senior associate promotions are drawn from a range of departments across the firm including:

Andrew Maclean – Real Estate
Claire Acklam – Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Jon Cherry – Real Estate
Kathryn Brook – Real Estate
Laura Cavell – Corporate
Lorna Hopps – Employment
Mark Appleby – Banking
Olena Jarockyj – Real Estate Litigation
Sonia Lonsdale – Corporate

Meanwhile, DLA Piper has announced 29 appointments across its Leeds and Sheffield offices, including four promotions to legal director. They include litigation lawyer Claire Clayton-Stead, finance and restructuring specialist Ben Roden and IP lawyer Milena Falciano-Padron, all based in Leeds, and in Sheffield, real estate lawyer Rob Shaw .

A further eight lawyers have also been made senior associates. They includes corporate lawyer Richard McGlasham, employment lawyers Hannah Watson and Jessica Smith, finance and restructuring lawyers Mike Ford and Jennifer Keogh as well as IP and technology lawyer Emma Hedar in Leeds.

In Sheffield, senior associate promotions include those of corporate lawyer Chloe Bray andlitigation and regulator specialist Eddy Steele, based in Sheffield.

In addition, 17 business services individuals have been promoted. In Leeds this includes secretary Gianna Green, senior legal project manager Benjamin Kearton, contract specialist Melissa Barnes, data processing technicians Joseph Geddes and Eleanor Kitchingman, senior pitch managers Matthew James and Victoria Pratt, pitch managers Rochelle Blake and Matthew Harban, project delivery and development manager Lorraine Brennan, and enterprise architect Stephen Grant.

In Sheffield these include senior legal counsel Victoria Barber, conflicts analysts Charles Millington, Nicola Chalmers and Francis Eduoard-Whittaker, commercial finance manager for projects Abigail Howard, and international tax manager Tom Bollard.

Petra Billing, office managing partner, Sheffield stated: “These promotions are a great achievement, reflecting their hard work and commitment to the firm and to our clients. It also shows the ongoing investment by the firm into our regional offices across the UK.”

Allison Page, office managing partner, Leeds commented: “This latest round of promotions in the Leeds office further reinforce our dominance in the region, with the largest office outside of London our specialists and experts are unmatched outside of the capital.

“We are extremely proud of all our employees across the fee earner and business services community who have helped maintain the excellent reputation of DLA Piper both regionally and internationally.”