Ward Hadaway has announced the promotion of 10 lawyers within its team to reward the talent within the business.
Steven Roper has been promoted to partner in the commercial team and Richard Greensit becomes a partner in the healthcare team.
In addition, eight lawyers have been promoted to associate solicitors. Gillian Burns and Mark McKeever in the employment team, Rob Eldon in the commercial disputes team, Clare French and Rosemary Moore in the corporate team, Kirsty Smith in the property litigation team and Karen Taylor and Adele Poultney in the Healthcare team.
Martin Hulls, Ward Hadaway's managing partner, said: "These promotions recognise the fantastic contribution these lawyers have made to the firm and further strengthen the business for the future."
From Trainee to Partner
Steven Roper started work with Ward Hadaway as a paralegal in 2007 and joined the firm's commercial team when he qualified as a solicitor.
He has worked in the commercial team for over eight years advising a wide range of commercial clients. In recognition of his strengths, he has also been shortlisted in the Rising Star category of the Northern Law Awards which will be held in June.
Steven commented: "I am delighted to have been promoted. Ward Hadaway is a great place to work - the firm has the size, expertise and client base which means that work is consistently stimulating and engaging. Our people continue to balance this with being able to maintain a friendly and supportive atmosphere in what is often a high-pressure job."
Colin Hewitt, who heads up the commercial team at Ward Hadaway in Newcastle, said: "We are pleased to congratulate Steven on his achievement in becoming partner. His appointment recognises the talent and work ethic which makes him a central part of our team.
Specialist Healthcare advice
Richard Greensit has been promoted to further strengthen Ward Hadaway's healthcare team, which now has eight partners in it.
Richard specialises in advising NHS Trusts and NHS Resolution in the defence of clinical negligence claims. He recently transferred to the firm's Leeds office to further develop the firm's healthcare practice in Yorkshire.
He said: "I am proud to be recognised for my work here at Ward Hadaway and have enjoyed the chance to build relationships with clients, which makes my work extremely rewarding."
Jeffrey Keeble, who leads Ward Hadaway's Healthcare team, said: "We are delighted that Richard has been promoted to partner. It is extremely important that we promote and develop our own people – we are proud of the career opportunities we offer our talented people and know that by encouraging them and challenging them we will continue to give our clients excellent service."
Martin Hulls, Ward Hadaway's managing partner, is confident the promoted lawyers will make a significant contribution to the future success of the business.
He said: "These promotions are well deserved and reflect their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. Our people really enjoy what they do and it's great to see them continue to develop professionally and personally at Ward Hadaway, whether they joined us as trainees or later in their career.”
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