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Kerry Russell
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Specialist intellectual property lawyer Kerry Russell has moved to Shakespeare Martineau’s Sheffield office hub – supporting the firm’s ambitions to expand its legal offering in South Yorkshire.

Legal director Russell, has more than nine years’ experience, with particular expertise in patents and technology, she also advises clients in relation to trade marks, confidential information, advertising, design rights and copyright.

She said: “I am very excited to have moved to the Sheffield hub and to be helping expand our profile in the city and wider South Yorkshire area.

“There is a significant push for investment in the region, particularly as part of the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The plans to develop the Sheffield City Region are bold and ambitious, and Shakespeare Martineau is keen to be part of the mayor’s strategy to create a stronger, greener and fairer region.”

Working across Birmingham and beyond, Russell has been involved with various high-profile cases, including successfully acting for medical device specialist Salts Healthcare in a recent patent litigation case.

Her move to Shakespeare Martineau’s Sheffield hub follows a string of new partner hires – including Carys Thompson, who has more than 16 years’ experience and was previously head of the commercial team at Keebles – and forms part of the firm’s growth strategy; broadening its Midlands footprint both north and south.

Victoria Tester, managing director of the life and business unit at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “Intellectual property is a growing legal service as increased digitalisation both expands and adds complexity to the world of licensing and data protection.

“We are continuing our investment in the Yorkshire market and we are thrilled to welcome Kerry to the Sheffield team – a move that will help to boost this commitment.”


L-R: Nikola Matusiewicz, Regan Hill and Bradley Cooke

Award winning Sheffield architectural design company CODA Bespoke has welcomed three new team members.

Bradley Cooke and Nikola Matusiewicz join the company as Part 1 and Part 2 architects while Regan Hill becomes a Part 1 architect after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University.

“We are continuing to experience a real demand for our work, not just locally but across the whole country,” said CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe.

“Regan, Bradley and Nikola will make a valuable addition to the team as we look forward to developing the CODA Bespoke brand in 2022.”

CODA Bespoke is part of the Sheffield-based CODA Studios family and specialises in luxurious extensions, renovations and new homes.

With offices in Sheffield and Manchester, CODA Studios in a multi award-winning multidisciplinary practice, working nationally and internationally to bring the highest standard of design to every job.

The company’s service covers everything from simple home extensions to large-scale commercial, public sector and regeneration projects.


L-R: Ethan Crowther, Eunice Ochieng, Emily Egan, Chloe Smitheringale, Emma Davison, Ella Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Watson, Sukhbir Bhadal, Sophie Wilton and Hannah Lancaster

Law firm Gordons has welcomed its next generation of talent with the appointment of six new trainees and four apprentices.

Sukhbir Bhadal, Emily Egan, Chloe Smitheringale, Libby Watson and Ella Fitzpatrick have started training contracts and will undertake four six-month seats across various Gordons specialisms. Eunice Ochieng has also joined the firm on secondment for six months from a client.

The six new starters will benefit from the firm’s distinct approach to developing its trainee solicitors. This sees as much emphasis placed on personal growth and development as there is on enhancing professional expertise.

Emma Davison, Sophie Wilton, Ethan Crowther and Hannah Lancaster have joined the Gordons Law Apprenticeship, the firm’s pioneering, multiple award-winning apprenticeship scheme.

As apprentices, all four will train to become qualified lawyers through a combination of hands-on experience and academic study. Gordons will pay their salary and course fees, meaning they will not accumulate any student debt.

Welcoming the new trainees and apprentices to the firm, Gordons partner, Victoria Davey, said: “We have a rigorous recruitment process for our trainees and apprentices which focuses not only on their academic ability but also their ability to build relationships and work in a team.

“As a firm, we set ourselves apart by the strength and depth of the relationships we build by being not just excellent lawyers but also people who clients like and trust. We are confident our new recruits have these skills.

“They each have the opportunity for bright futures at Gordons and all of us at the firm are looking forward to helping them grow and develop as people and professionals.”


Chartered accountants and wealth management firm, Hunter Gee Holroyd and HGH Wealth Management, has strengthened its team with an intake of five new recruits.

The York-based business has appointed of Charmaine Weintraud, Max Pycroft and Helen Akkary at Hunter Gee Holroyd, along with Matthew Good at HGH Wealth Management.

Senior bookkeeper and xero adviser Weintraud has over a decade of bookkeeping experience where she gained a broad understanding of various business sectors.

Pycroft has joined as a semi-senior accountant, with two years experience in the accountancy profession.

Akkary will be responsible for the secretarial/administration function at Hunter Gee Holroyd’s Filey office, she previously worked in banking for 12 years.

Good joins HGH Wealth Management as an independent financial adviser, with over eight years experience in financial services.

Both Good and Pycroft are focused on their professional development towards becoming a chartered financial planner and chartered accountant respectively.

Mark Grewer, managing director said: “We are delighted to welcome all our new starters. Expanding our team with talented individuals will further strengthen our value to every client. These new appointments enhance our current offering, enabling us to continue to deliver exceptional service to our clients and deliver a positive difference.”