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Top 200 law firm Roythornes Solicitors has boosted its team and offering with the appointment of 23 new starters since July, ranging from trainee to partner, across its five offices.
Nine new recruits join its ranks at the Spalding headquarters – including senior associate Nadine Wealands who re-joins Roythornes after two years at another firm. Further afield, Ben Arrowsmith, a planning expert, has been appointed as a senior associate in the Birmingham office and Mary Sargent joins the Alconbury team as a real estate solicitor, strengthening the natural resources department.
The Nottingham office has also seen a 60% increase in head count, bolstered by the appointment of contentious trusts and probate specialist Jak Ward, who joins as a partner. Alongside Jak in the Nottingham office, Nicola Grange has been appointed as a senior associate specialising in landlord and tenant work within the real estate team and Kylie Wood joins the growing agricultural property team as a solicitor.
In his new role, Jak will be responsible for supporting clients with contentious probate work, and making Roythornes the go-to firm across the Midlands and East Anglia for this niche area of law.
Jak said: “I’m really excited to be joining Roythornes as it’s an agile, fast-growing, and ambitious law firm – the sheer number of individual specialists is incredibly impressive and enables them to punch alongside some national heavyweights.
“Working within the litigation team and beginning to build the contentious trusts and probate specialism is something I’m very much looking forward to. It’s a very interesting area of law – encompassing anything from challenging a will or pursuing an inheritance claim, right through to advising on disputes between executors and trustees and the way in which an estate has been mal-administered.
“It’s also a real growth area of law so, with my career dedicated to civil and commercial litigation specialising in contentious probate work, we have an opportunity to put Roythornes at the forefront of the field. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and working closely with the team to support our clients.”
As well as a raft of partner, senior associate, and associate hires, Roythornes has also seen its new cohort of trainees begin their contracts, with seven new starters joining a variety of teams this month.
Vember Mortlock, managing director at Roythornes, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome our 23 new starters. We pride ourselves on our specialist approach to not only the law but supporting our clients. It enables us to work on a national level from our five regional offices and support with really impressive cases. Jak’s knowledge, experience and passion will be invaluable for growing yet another niche area of law and I’m really looking forward to seeing the direction he takes the department.
“Our key sectors are booming, and despite the challenges of the pandemic, we’ve had a fantastic year. Our housing and development team was recently appointed on several high-profile panels, strengthening our presence in the residential sector. There has been a lot going on in the agriculture sector too, as farm business get ready for a new post-Brexit agricultural policy, and the natural resources team has also been inundated with enquires as more and more businesses join the green agenda.
“We’re very proud to have a number of industry experts within these teams, continually putting our work on the national stage.”