One of the largest independent law firms in the East Midlands announces another bout of promotions this year – promoting five Solicitors to Associates.
Since the start of the year, Flint Bishop has invested in a number of new staff hires – a recruitment drive which is set to increase the current staff count by more than 21% as they take on more new clients in addition to two new partner promotions, the leading law firm has now promoted five members of staff to Associate positions this summer.
The promotions were marked at the Staff Annual General Meeting which saw almost 150 members of staff in attendance and was held in the Derby Quad this month.
Simon Griffiths works in one of the largest and most respected commercial property legal departments in the area. Simon is a specialist Commercial Property Lawyer whose advice covers both regional and national work, which includes advising on a large and complex redevelopment in South Quay, Hayle Harbour. This matter involved an apartment complex, supermarket and several retail units. Simon currently acts on large complex and multi-million pound deals.
Rachael Francis is currently based in the Ashbourne office of Flint Bishop and is responsible for giving expert advice in Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate matters. Rachel holds the prestigious Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) qualification. Her expertise in giving advice in agricultural property relief and business property relief has seen her become a rising star in Ashbourne and across the region.
Ben Lawson is in the Family Team and advises at both the Derby and Ashbourne offices. He is the current Chair of Derby Junior Lawyers and mentors law students at the University of Derby. Ben is well known in the community and is developing a particular specialism in children matters; advising and representing parents and grandparents. Ben is an experienced advocate and has successfully represented clients in all areas of family law.
Sundeep Sandhu currently works in Litigation, which is one of the largest departments at Flint Bishop, and works on matters involving contractual disputes and property litigation. Her clients include companies, individuals, financial institutions as well as several Government Departments. Her work often runs into multi-million pound disputes and she assists many profiled Partners in the department with their cases, including ‘leading lawyer’, Qamer Ghafoor. Sundeep is very well liked amongst her clients and her expertise in litigation has been noted by many as “one to watch”.
Finally, Kirsten Wood’s area of expertise is Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate with Kirsten working on some large scale estates across Derbyshire. Kirsten has a particular specialism in inheritance tax and dealing with trusts, business assets and agricultural assets. Her matters vary in size and value with many reaching the millions. Kirsten also holds the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) qualification.
Senior Partner Andrew Cochrane said “We’re delighted with the new round of Associates this year which was marked at our Annual General Meeting.
We pride ourselves in recognising talent at Flint Bishop and Simon, Rachael, Ben, Sundeep and Kirsten should be very proud of their achievements to date.
We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by some of the region’s most talented lawyers and support staff which is why, in the coming months, we will be rolling out a number of new programmes to support all staff in their career development plans.”