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Yorkshire law firm Switalskis Solicitors has promoted two of its experienced associate solicitors – Amy Clowrey and Natalie Cosgrove – to directors.
The pair joined Switalskis in 2016 and both became associate solicitors after completing the company’s Associate Development Programme.
Clowrey is a key member of Switalskis Solicitors’ child abuse claims team, promoting the rights of, and access to justice for, victims of child sexual abuse. Cosgrove specialises in medical negligence and inquests, working for parents affected by birth injuries and infant deaths.
From Rotherham, Clowrey decided to pursue a career in child abuse claims as the high-profile Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal unravelled.
Her work has further helped place institutional failings in the national spotlight. She has also led Switalskis to represent over 600 Lambeth Children’s Home abuse survivors, securing over £18m in settlements to help them rebuild their lives.
She said: “I want to make a difference, to enact change so that history doesn’t repeat itself and that care is made better for everybody. I am driven by achieving the best outcomes for clients and I am looking forward to the challenges that being a director will present.”
A former barrister and named Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year at the Personal Injury Awards in November, Cosgrove has been at the forefront of high-profile cases representing families affected by failures in maternity care.
She contributed to an investigation with The Independent and Channel 4 into the maternity care provided by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, whilst liaising with the Care Quality Commission, which led to a review.
She and her team of four solicitors and trainees represent over 60 Nottingham families.
Cosgrove said: “Becoming a director is the start of a new chapter whilst also being a reflection of my hard work so far. It gives clients further reassurance that I have passed a rigorous process and have the skills, experience and expertise to become a director.”
John Durkan, managing director at Switalskis group, said: “Amy and Natalie truly are inspirational lawyers. It is evident they are both driven by the desire to effect change for good and I have the utmost respect for them.
“Client care is paramount in their specialist areas of law and Amy and Natalie demonstrate sensitivity and empathy for each and every client they represent.”
Leeds law firm, Stone King, has welcomed top-ranked charity lawyer Rosamund McCarthy Etherington to its Charity team as an Equity Partner.
She joins the firm after more than 30 years at Bates Wells and will strengthen Stone King’s team of more than 50 charity lawyers.
Stephen Ravenscroft, head of the Charity team, said: “We are extremely pleased Rosamund has chosen to join our team. She has a vast wealth of sector experience, knowledge and skill and we look forward immensely to working with her.”
Stone King’s managing partner, Steven Greenwood, said: “Rosamund is a leader in her field as well as being committed to supporting the charity sector and all that it stands for, which is what makes her a perfect fit for Stone King.
“Her values chime with our own so we are very excited for her to join the firm.”
McCarthy Etherington said: “It has always been a great privilege to support the incredible work of charities, trustees and philanthropists both nationally and internationally.
“I’m excited to continue assisting not-for-profit organisations to grow and thrive in what are very challenging times, alongside my new colleagues at Stone King.”
Her areas of expertise include charity registrations, philanthropy and international foundations; governance and Board reviews; advice on campaigning, political and electoral activities; fundraising advice and agreements and charity mergers.
She also has significant experience of advising on Charity Commission investigations, reviews and regulatory compliance.
The expansion of family law firm Jones Myers continues across 2022, as solicitor Lindsey Cross joins its team.
Working exclusively in family law since 2004, Cross has extensive experience in divorce and the financial aspects of relationship breakdown relating to both married and unmarried couples.
She is the second new appointment to the Financial Remedies Department – headed by managing partner, Richard Peaker – since February, this year.
The department specialises in high net worth cases up to £250m, frequently managing matters involving tens of millions of pounds and is regularly instructed in multi-jurisdictional proceedings and cases involving complex corporate, and often offshore, trust structures.
Peaker said: “Jones Myers is proud of its reputation to attract the best lawyers in its field, and we warmly welcome Lindsey who brings a wealth of experience in family law to our growing teams.
“She is respected by clients for her empathetic and honest approach in providing straightforward and realistic advice to manage their expectations and deliver the best outcome for their individual situation.”
Cross said: “Jones Myers is renowned and respected for being a long-standing leader in the field of family law which always delivers work of the highest calibre.
“I was keen to work on complex matters with a team of specialists whose standing is second to none.”
Jones Myers has offices in Leeds, York, and Harrogate, and marks its 30th anniversary this year.
Leeds-based language services provider, Andiamo!, has expanded its sales team with the addition of sales executives Maciej Hoang and Joseph Harrison.
The new appointments are part of the business’s push for growth following the management buyout of the translation and interpreting business in March.
Managing director, Miranda Sambidge, said: “As recent graduates, Maciej and Joseph bring a great deal of enthusiasm and a range of skills we really need.
“Maciej is a native Polish speaker and holds a BA in Business and Marketing, and Joseph has a BA in History & Politics having studied in Ireland and the Netherlands. This gives them a global outlook most graduates don’t possess.”
Hoang said: “This is such a great opportunity to use my language and marketing skills, I’m excited to join the team”.
Harrison added: “I’ve always wanted to work in languages, I find the subject fascinating and I can’t wait to help businesses increase their international trade.”