New Head of Family and record 6 month performance at JMW


Leading full service law firm JMW Solicitors LLP has announced that Michael Chapman has joined the firm as a Partner and Head of Family Law.

Michael joins JMW from Ward Hadaway where he was a Partner and Head of Family Law at the Manchester office. He specialises in all areas of Family work and acts for high net worth individuals in financial proceedings as well as on Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial agreements. Michael’s clients include business professionals as well as well-known sporting and television personalities.

He was instrumental in setting up a new department at Ward Hadaway and growing the Family Law revenue to £550,000 per annum over a 2 year period.  Jenny Arnold, who worked with Michael at Ward Hadaway, has also joined JMW as an Associate.

In addition to Michael and Jenny, former Slater and Gordon Manchester lawyers Cara Nuttall, Katie Lowe and Francesca Norris have joined the family team in recent months.

Commenting on the recruitment of Michael Chapman Joy Kingsley, Senior Partner at JMW said:

“We are delighted to welcome Michael Chapman to head the family law team at JMW. It has been a busy few months for the team with several new arrivals. Michael is a welcome addition to the team and again shows that we continue to recruit lawyers of the highest calibre.  Despite changes in the team, instructions over the last six months have been at an all-time high.”

Michael Chapman commented:

“I am excited to be joining JMW, in one of Manchester’s premiere family departments, being recently named in Tier One in both the Legal 500 and Chambers.  Our team of 10 has a skillset second to none as well as our well-known commitment to excellent client service.”

Meanwhile the firm is celebrating another impressive increase in revenues at its half year point 31st October 2016.  For the first six months of the year 2016/17 revenue by the end of October was £11.3 million compared to £10 million in October 2015 a 13% increase.  In the 12 months from 1st November 2015 to 31st October 2016 Revenue was also up 13% from £20.5 million in October 2015 to £23.3 million on 31st October 2016. Revenue in Business Crime & Regulation is up 62% from October 2015 to November 2016 as well as a 55% increase in private client work, 49% in commercial litigation and 44% increase in employment work.

The firm has also become one of top 100 UK law firms by revenue for the first time.

Head count at JMW has grown by 11% in the past 12 months to 330 staff and Partners at the firm. JMW has continued to recruit extensively with a number of lateral Partner and Senior hires in the past year including most recently Michael Kennedy, Commercial Litigation (Slater and Gordon) and Graham Small (LHS), Commercial Litigation, Paul Breen, Serious Injury (Cassell Moore), Michael Chapman, Family (Ward Hadaway),  Cara Nuttall, Family (Slater and Gordon) and Ian Lewis, Regulatory (LHS).

Joy Kingsley comments:

“Our 6 month financial results show that our strategy of providing a full service to our clients and continuing recruitment of those who wish to bring their clients to JMW, has been very successful for us. We have enjoyed substantial growth over recent years in financial performance and becoming an employer of choice.” 


For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981


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