People: Jones Myers; NG Bailey; and more

Niche family law firm Jones Myers is further expanding its team with the appointment of highly experienced family lawyer Debra Jackson.

Her extensive expertise across eleven years spans divorce, financial settlements, pre and post nuptial agreements as well as inheritances and trusts.

A specialist in cases involving unmarried couples, Jackson has gained Specialist Accreditation from Resolution in cohabitation.

Jones Myers partner and director, Richard Peaker, said: “Debra’s strong track record complements and enhances the expertise of our family lawyers and we wish her every success.

“Attracting and retaining top talent remains a top priority as we continue recruiting in line with a further increase in instructions from our local, national and international clients to meet growing demand.”

Jackson said: “Jones Myers has an outstanding reputation and it’s tremendous to join the firm at this formative period in its development.

“I thrive on the challenges of complicated cases and am looking forward to helping clients achieve creative solutions tailored to their individual circumstances and needs.”

The expansion is the latest in a series of developments for the firm which has recently appointed a new partner and boosted its teams across all three offices.

Jones Myers founder, Peter Jones, partner and director Richard Peaker and collaborative law expert Norman Taylor have also recently featured in the UK’s ‘Best Lawyers’ listing for the twelfth consecutive year.


Ilkley-based engineering and services business, NG Bailey, has appointed Jonathan Stockton as its chief financial officer and member of the Group Board.

Stockton has worked at NG Bailey for more than four years across a range of financial roles, including deputy CFO, and currently serves as the company’s group strategy and performance director.

His recent achievements include leading the Group’s acquisition of Schneider Electric’s Substation Engineering Services division to strengthen the firm’s power engineering and facilities services offering.

David Hurcomb, chief executive at NG Bailey, said: “I am delighted to see Jonathan move up into this new role.

“His wealth of experience across the business will ensure we remain financially strong as we move forward in the current climate and I wish him every success in this new challenge.”

Stockton said: “NG Bailey has gone from strength to strength in recent years and has proved itself as an industry leader within its field. I look forward to taking on this new role and working with the team to future develop the business.

He replaces Mike Porter who is joining Northumbrian Water Group.

Hurcomb added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for his support and contribution to the company over the past five years and wish him well for the future.”


Halifax-based law firm Rahman Ravelli’s ongoing growth plans have seen it appoint Joshua L Ray to spearhead its expanding trans-Atlantic caseload.

The white-collar investigations and litigation specialists have taken on Ray as legal director and counsel as part of a planned series of appointments to meet increased demand from corporates, senior business figures and high net worth individuals.

He will be responsible for much of Rahman Ravelli’s US-based work, having split his career so far between London and the States.

Aziz Rahman, Rahman Ravelli’s Senior Partner and founder, said US-qualified Ray’s attributes were exactly what the firm requires as it workload grows.

He added: “We are in the process of creating a team specifically to handle US-facing work for UK and international clients.

“Josh has exactly the experience and the abilities that we are looking to attract. Like ourselves, he wants to make a difference and we are pleased that he shares our goals.

“When it comes to white-collar crime, Josh has the top-level expertise we were seeking. He has worked on many major international cases and has the experience of working in different jurisdictions.

“He is focused and has a drive and dynamism in everything he does. His mastery of facts and the law and his ability to think outside of the box to solve problems ensure that every client receives the strongest and best representation.’’

Ray has been involved in many notable global corporate investigations of the past decade; including this year’s conclusion of the multinational Airbus bribery investigation.

He has represented individual and corporate clients in numerous complex cross-border investigations involving allegations of fraud, bribery, sanctions violations and money laundering.

He will be working with multinational firms with exposure to the US’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK’s Bribery Act and with US and international corporates on a wide range of US-facing criminal and regulatory defence practice work.

And his role will see him advise both general counsel and individuals with large asset portfolios in relation to issues such as compliance and market manipulation.

Ray said: “It is pretty clear to me that Rahman Ravelli has a growing international reputation, an impressive caseload and a track record of delivering for clients when the stakes are high. I like the direction that the firm is going in.

“Becoming a part of this is an exciting challenge that I am delighted to accept.’’