People: Square One Law; Mills & Reeve; and more

A commercial law firm has made a series of hires and promotions as it continues to invest in growing its Yorkshire presence.

Square One Law has recruited six new members of staff and promoted one more to support its new and existing clients.

Jasmin Kainth, formerly of Gateley Legal and Dylan Hooper, formerly of Shoosmiths, have joined the company as paralegals.

Elizabeth Shaduwa has joined as a senior associate, Raya Royle and Zoe Ibbitson, have arrived as legal PAs and Kyle Taylor has been taken on as an apprentice paralegal. 

Amelia Smalley has also been promoted from paralegal to trainee solicitor, having started as a commercial property paralegal in June 2022. 

Matthew Thompson, head of Square One’s Leeds office and a partner in its commercial property team, said: “We are thrilled to welcome our six new recruits to the company and to see Amelia’s fledging legal journey continue.

“As a business, we made a conscious decision last year to invest significantly into growing our Yorkshire presence and these appointments and promotions are a direct result of those efforts.

“Despite the many challenges facing the property sector over the past year, we have continued to see activity increase across all of our key markets.

“It has been a key enabler in helping us introduce new members of staff into our team. Since 2020, we’ve gone from a team of two to a team of 14 and, with a strong pipeline of work, we are confident that we will continue to see the business grow as we look to the future.”


National law firm, Mills & Reeve, has recruited Stephanie Douthwaite to its growing family team.

Douthwaite, who has joined as a principal associate, advises high-net-worth individuals across family law matters including complex financial remedies, pre and post marital agreements and children proceedings.

She holds Resolution Specialist Accreditation and is also a qualified Collaborative Family Lawyer. 

She joins from Clarion Solicitors where she was a legal director. Her appointment follows that of partner Jane Ingleby, who also joined from Clarion Solicitors where she was head of family law.

Philip Way, head of the family team in Leeds, said: “As our practice in the region continues to grow, we need lawyers with a wealth of experience to advise our client base of high-net-worth individuals with complex needs across children, international, wealth protection, business, pensions and cohabitation law.

“Stephanie’s experience in these areas will significantly boost our strategic expansion plans as she brings unrivalled expertise to our Leeds team.”

Douthwaite added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my new Mills & Reeve colleagues since joining the firm and I’m very much looking forward to opportunities to collaborate with some exceptional lawyers.

“I’ll be offering a safe pair of hands to those clients looking to resolve complex family related issues, promising a dedication for resolving matters constructively.

“My work will be further enhanced by being able to draw on the unparalleled expertise from across the firm, to add value when working with my family clients.”


Sheffield medical technology company, B Braun Medical Ltd, has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Helene Ghosh as its new HR director.

Ghosh, from Batley, has over 16 years of experience at BT. She served as a HR director within the global part of the business.

In her previous roles she had global responsibility for the HR function for commercial, strategy, transformation, digital product, banking, and finance sectors, as well as serving as the regional HR director for the Americas.

Her most recent role involved spearheading HR efforts in the Asia, Middle East, and Africa regions, while also leading global health and well-being initiatives for over 13,500 employees.

She said “I was attracted to join B Braun due to the company’s unique blend of global outlook and local delivery, which aligns with my professional ethos and experience.

“I am committed to leveraging my skills to lead the HR team towards a harmonious global approach, fostering collaboration, and knowledge sharing across the organisation.”

Michael Parden, managing director at B Braun Medical Ltd, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Helene to the B Braun team.

“Her extensive experience, leadership acumen, and passion for people make her a valuable addition to our team.

“We look forward to her contributions in driving our HR initiatives forward and furthering our commitment to employee wellbeing and growth.”