A Wealth of Promotions at JMW with 7 New Equity Partners

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A Wealth of Promotions at JMW with 7 New Equity Partners

Full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP has made 43 promotions across all levels, departments and offices, including a record number of promotions to Equity level which take effect on 1st May 2021.

The record promotions to Full Equity Partner are all Heads of Department at JMW. The Equity promotions in Manchester are Elspeth Kinder & Michael Chapman in Family Law, Steve Morris in Commercial litigation and Thomas Pearson in Real Estate Commercial along with Beverley Jones in Family Law (Liverpool) and Anita Rai in Employment (London).

Elspeth Kinder and Michael Chapman are Joint Heads of Family Law in Manchester and both are highly regarded as an authority on all issues relating to matrimonial finance and are frequently instructed by a wide variety of society´s highest earners, influential business owners and world renowned sportspeople. Beverley Jones heads up JMW’s Family Law team in Liverpool and specialises in high net worth financial matters together with complicated children matters and surrogacy cases.  She is currently ranked in Band 1 in legal directory Chambers 2021 in Liverpool which comments: "Beverley has excellent analytical skills and is able to identify relevant issues and summarise them in a direct and concise way." The Family law team in Manchester and Liverpool are ranked in Band 1 in Chambers and Partners 2021 and Tier 1 in Legal 500.

Steve Morris joined the Commercial Litigation Team in May 2019 and specialises in all aspects of corporate and commercial disputes including contractual disputes, directors’ duties, shareholders disputes, warranty claims, fraud, professional negligence and obtaining and defending injunctions, including search orders and freezing injunctions.

Thomas Pearson is a Partner and Head of Real Estate Commercial and specialises in real estate development in the healthcare, residential, social housing, leisure and retail sectors. His clients include Castlemead Group Limited, Grafton Land & Property Limited, Blueoak Estates, Northhold Group, HSPG, Lingar Group and Whitecroft Group. Thomas has also been heavily involved with the fit out of JMW’s new office space at 3 Hardman Street in Manchester, the Plaza in Liverpool and Kings House in London.

Anita Rai joined JMW’s London office in June 2019 to head up London’s employment law team. She advises across the entire spectrum of employment issues to businesses, ranging from thriving start-ups to professional services firms to global PLCs, as well as to senior executives and founders. Anita is also a specialist in international labour law and provides strategic employment advice for global companies wherever they need it in the world.

There have been 7 promotions to Fixed Share Equity Partner for Alison Parry in Commercial Litigation and Contentious Probate, Joe Cobb in Wills, Trusts and Probate, Lee McGovern, Head of the Client Services Team, Paul Burton in Real Estate Commercial, Richard Parkinson, Head of Commercial and Stephen Taylor Heath, Head of Sport who are all based in JMW’s Manchester office.

There have also been a further 4 promotions to Partner for Amy Shaffron in Business Crime & Regulation and Golly Etemad in Real Estate Residential both based in the London office and Jenny Arnold in Family Law and Rebecca Young in Media Law who both based in the Manchester office. There were a further 9 promotions from Associate to Senior Associate and 17 promotions from Solicitor to Associate across both the Manchester and London offices.

Commenting on the wealth of promotions at JMW, Senior Partner Joy Kingsley said:

“All these promotions are very well deserved and we were delighted to offer Equity to Anita Rai, Beverley Jones, Elspeth Kinder, Michael Chapman, Steve Morris and Thomas Pearson.  For our continued growth it is very important we retain our talented people by rewarding them for their considerable contributions and this is shown in the 43 promotions made across the firm this year, which represents 7% of our employees.

We are pleased to announce promotions within our London office which has only been open for two years in May and these promotions demonstrates it’s continuing growth and success.”

JMW were ranked number 33 in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work in 2020.

For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981

07595 277 842


Note to Editors

JMW is a leading full-service law firm providing legal services and advice for both businesses and individuals. With three offices in the UK, our head office in Manchester, a full-service office in London and one of our specialist family law teams in Liverpool, we can help clients across the country no matter who you are and what you require.

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