LHS Senior Partners Join JMW

18 September 2016

Ian Lewis and Graham Small formerly both Senior Partners with LHS Solicitors LLP have joined full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP as Partners.

Ian Lewis joins the Business Crime & Regulatory team at JMW as a Partner from LHS where he was Director and Head of Crime and Regulatory. Ian specialises in all areas of Professional Discipline and has been heavily involved with Police Law with particular emphasis on misconduct proceedings, inquests and judicial reviews and has previously acted for the Chief Police Officer’s Staff Association (CPOSA) and continues to act for members of the Police Superintendents Associate (PSAEW) which represent the interests of the most senior officers in the country. He has been involved in virtually all major police cases including representing Match Commanders at the Hillsborough Inquests. In 2016 under Ian’s leadership, LHS were awarded Police Law firm of the Year in England by Corporate INTL’s Magazine and in 2015 and 2016 they won Regulatory Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards. In 2015 Ian was awarded Police Lawyer of the Year at Corporate INTL’s annual awards and is ranked in the current edition of Legal 500.

Graham Small was previously Director and Head of Commercial Legal Services at LHS and joins the commercial litigation team at JMW as a Partner. Graham specialises in all areas of commercial litigation and names amongst his clients Oldham Athletic Football Club, Boss Model Agency, Mediaco Outdoor and Panworld Brands. Graham has also spent several years working for senior Officers involved with the Hillsborough Inquest.

Graham and Ian were founding Partners of Lewis Hymanson Small and they won Medium sized Law Firm of the Year in 2015 at the Manchester Legal Awards. Lewis Hymanson Small were acquired by Abbey Protection Plc in 2013 and then were bought by New York Stock Exchange listed Markel Corporation in 2014.

Commenting on the appointment of Ian and Graham to JMW, Joy Kingsley Senior Partner at JMW said:

“We are delighted to welcome such experienced lawyers as Graham Small and Ian Lewis to JMW. They and their clients will be welcome additions to both the Business Crime & Regulation and our Commercial Litigation teams respectively. We are pleased that JMW’s excellent reputation and continued growth has helped us attract such well-known and well respected lawyers as Ian and Graham. Unsurprisingly Ian and Graham were of great interest to other firms as well as JMW. The fact that we have achieved their transfer to us in less than a month is testament to the commitment of all parties involved.”

Speaking about their appointments at JMW Graham Small said:

“We are pleased to be joining JMW, as a full service law firm they are able to offer our clients the full range of legal services. We felt that JMW was the right firm for us to join due to their continued growth and the prospect of working with so many talented and enthusiastic lawyers. Our transition on joining JMW could not have been easier which is important as we have been able to continue advising our clients involved in complex civil and disciplinary proceedings.”


For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981


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