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24 New Recruits for JMW
Leading full service Manchester based law firm JMW Solicitors LLP has taken on 24 new recruits in the last 3 months. This is in addition to those who joined from Goodman Harvey in June 2013.
JMW’s corporate team has grown with the recruitment of three new Solicitors and one newly qualified Solicitor. Sara Bluston joins from Brabners LLP and Mona Niayesh joins from Ralli Solicitors LLP and is joined by Kate Wagstaffe who qualified as a Solicitor in September after completing training contract at JMW. Rachel Dudley joins the intellectual property team from EMW Law LLP based in Milton Keynes where she spent 6 months on an IP secondment at Santander UK Plc.
The commercial property team has seen the arrival of two new Solicitors and an Associate as it continues to grow after the acquisition of Goodman Harvey in June with the arrival of Stephen Goodman and then the appointment of Claire Hamilton as Partner from Mills and Reeve (formally George Davies). Julian Rogozinski joins as a Solicitor from Linder Myers and Emma Townley joins as a Solicitor from Southerns, where she worked for over 5 years and counts Handelsbanken as a key client. Paul Burton came as an Associate from DWF LLP and covers all areas of commercial property but has specific expertise in occupiers’ especially within the leisure industry, social housing and renewable energy.
JMW’s Commercial Litigation team has taken on two newly qualified Solicitors, Stephen Reynolds and Nathan O’Connor, who both completed their training contacts at JMW. Nathan last year won the Rising Star award at the JCI Manchester Young Talent awards. The Department had already been augmented by the addition of Partners mark Jones and Alsion Parry from Goodman Harvey.
JMW’s clinical negligence team has recruited a new Solicitor, Ciaran Harper who joins from Asons Solicitors in Bolton and Francesca Powell joins the team as a Paralegal. Scott Ritchie joins the residential conveyancing team as a Conveyancer from Lewis Hymanson Small Solicitors. Scott works in all areas of residential conveyancing but specialises in acting for new build developer’s purchasers and counts Seddon Homes as one of his clients.
JMW’s newly established costs team have grown from one person to a team of five in just 5 months and is headed up by Debbie Monaghan. The team was originally created to assist the personal injury team but now also works with JMW’s clinical negligence and commercial litigation teams. The in-house costs team ensure a smoother and swifter agreement of costs between JMW and the defendant insurers.
JMW have also recruited six Trainee Solicitors across various departments.
To keep up with this continued growth JMW has leased 9000 ft. of space in the Old School House, which used to JMW’s office until 2006 when they built their state of the art office on their car park. The firm have now leased the entire building over a 5 year period for further expected growth across all departments in the firm.
Commenting on the number of new appointments at JMW, Senior Partner, Joy Kingsley commented;
“We are pleased to welcome all of our new starters who have joined us over the summer. All our departments seem to be flourishing at the moment and we are delighted with how the firm is continuing to grow and prosper. It has been a very busy time at JMW over the last few years and our continued growth has meant the need for us to occupy more office space as we now have over 230 staff based in Spinningfields compared with 150 ,3 years ago.”
Commenting on the lease of the Old School House for additional office space for JMW, Bill Jones, Managing Partner at JMW said;
“We looked at several options when we realised that we would need more office space to meet with the demand for our growing number of staff and Partners. I was delighted when it became clear that our best option was to lease the whole of the Old School House, which was our office until 2006. It is great news that we are all able to stay on one site.”
In May 2013 JMW announced that Income at the firm was up by 13% from £13.2 million to £15 million and profit by 25%. This year has already seen further growth with revenue up 30% on the same 5 month period last year.
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