People: Stewarts; Wake Smith; and more

Ellie Hampson-Jones

Law firm Stewarts has added two new solicitors to its Divorce and Family team, at its Leeds office.

Hannah McCrindle and Ellie Hampson-Jones join the now nine-strong team as Associates to focus exclusively on acting in high value and complex matters for the local, national and international high net worth community.

Hannah McCrindle

Adrian Clossick, head of divorce and family at Stewarts’ Leeds office, said: “We are pleased to welcome Hannah and Ellie to the Leeds Divorce and Family team at Stewarts.

“We act exclusively for high net worth individuals and their spouses, and the recruitment of individuals of Hannah and Ellie’s calibre shows not only the strong demand for our services, but also the attraction of Leeds to practitioners with international standing.

“We are excited to have them on board as we continue to grow the team.”





Sheffield-based Wake Smith Solicitors has boosted its Family Law department with the appointment of Deborah Marsh as an Associate and Collaborative Lawyer.

She joins the Family team specialising in all areas of the practice including divorce/dissolution of civil partnerships, separation, finances, private children matters, cohabitee disputes, domestic abuse and pre and post nuptial agreements, with a particular emphasis on complex and high net worth cases.

Marsh also qualified as a Resolution-accredited Collaborative Lawyer in 2011, offering a radical and effective approach to dispute resolution by dealing with cases in a constructive and non-confrontational manner.

She has previously worked across South and West Yorkshire as a family and matrimonial solicitor at firms in Leeds, Chesterfield, Barnsley and Sheffield.

Her experience also covers financial cases involving complex company/business structures, pensions, Trusts, investments, tax schemes and overseas assets.

Lindsey Canning, head of Family Law at Wake Smith Solicitors, said: “I have known Deborah for a number of years and she is highly experienced, tenacious and professional. She makes a fantastic addition to our team.”


Leeds-based tech start-up company Third Foundation has welcomed another senior appointment to the board as the business continues to expand.

Kevin Cunningham joins the firm – which was established in the summer of 2019 – as chief commercial officer.

His arrival signals further growth of Third Foundation’s leadership team following the recruitment of chief operating officer Shirelle Grant in March 2020.

Previously a managing partner with Dentsu Aegis Leeds – where he ran the global network’s Yorkshire operation – Cunningham’s experience spans several senior positions including establishing a successful dotcom enterprise and as a commercial director for BT.

More recently, he was managing director for regional firms iProspect and Carat.

His responsibilities will now include guiding clients through their online journey – covering where they are now to a future of AI being deeply embedded in their marketing function.

He is also focused on developing fresh opportunities and building on the team’s strong company culture.

Third Foundation CEO, Michael Ward, said: “We identified Kevin some time ago as having the right credentials for our management team.

“He’s someone who will add tremendous value because he shares our beliefs and is inspired to create a new culture of thought, and drive change.

“The journey towards our mission – to create ‘time to think’ – is only just beginning and having the right people at the heart of our organisation, with AI as an enabler, will continue to be a key driver of our growth.”