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11 June 2004

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  • Mills & Reeve has appointed four partners to support growth across offices in Birmingham, Cambridge and Norwich (pictured left to right: Martin Brewer; Neil Davis; Nick Abbot; and Charles Staveley). The appointments, which take effect as of 1 June 2004, are all internal promotions.

    Brewer joined Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office from Hammonds, Leeds, in 2002. He has specialised in employment law since qualifying in 1991 and acts for both public-sector clients and private companies. 

    Davis qualified in 1996 with Browne Jacobson and, in 2000, joined Mills & Reeve’s insurance group in London.

    Abbott qualified as a solicitor with Mills & Reeve in 1994 and has since specialised exclusively in employment law.

    Staveley joined Mills & Reeve’s Cambridge office in 2002 from the City office of Hammonds. He specialises in commercial property with particular emphasis on investment work for institutional and private companies and both on and offshore high-net-worth individuals and SIPP providers.

    The internal promotions follow two lateral hires: Matthew Hansell, previously of Martineau Johnson, Birmingham; and Jason Poole from Eversheds, Ipswich, who both joined the partnership in May.

  • Lawrence Graham has promoted Richard Anyamene (property litigation), Joanna Bussell (public-sector outsourcing), Tom Nicholls (corporate finance), Paul Rice (environmental), Philippa Satterthwaite (real estate) and Jane Spiers (banking and finance) to the position of partner.

    The six new partners reflect continuing growth and investment in the firm’s core business areas of corporate and real estate, which together comprised 67 per cent of the firm’s total revenue of £57.6m for the year ending 30 April 2004.

    Profits per equity partner at the firm have broken through the £400,000 barrier for the first time rising to £416,000, representing growth of 11 per cent on the previous year.

    Managing partner Penny Francis said: “We have promoted more partners this year than at any time in the last decade. This reflects the quality of our lawyers coming through and our confidence in the firm’s future. Our new partners join strong and established teams, which they will help to strengthen further.”
  • Edinburgh-based solicitor Duncan Murray (pictured left) has become president of the Law Society of Scotland. Murray will replace Joe Platt who now becomes past-president of the Society.

    A partner at Edinburgh firm Morton Fraser, Murray is an accredited employment-law specialist who was elected to the Law Society of Scotland Council in 1999. Since then he has served on a number of committees, including client relations, insurance, judicial procedure, Scottish Parliament liaison and constitution.

    Murray said: “I look forward to the year ahead with great anticipation at a time of real excitement for the legal profession in Scotland. To be elected president presents a unique privilege and opportunity to give something back to the profession and I look forward to working on the key issues that lie ahead.”

    During his tenure as vice-president, Murray was closely involved with the Society’s ongoing process of modernisation and, in particular, the streamlining of the complaints system following the Scottish Parliament’s Justice 1 Committee Inquiry into the regulation of the legal profession. Duncan has also encouraged the more business-like approach within the Society and supported the Society’s developing role both internationally and in Scotland.

  • Steve Falconer (pictured left) has joined Solicitec (Scotland) Ltd as head of sales and marketing. Falconer has worked in the IT industry for 17 years, the last eight of which were with Pilgrim Systems where he was director of sales. He was recognised as their most effective sales person, as well as being responsible for managing a team spread throughout the UK.

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