UK private client law firm Wrigleys has made a string of partner promotions and two solicitor hires to bolster its Leeds office.
The four promoted to partner are Kate Buckham, Natalie Johnson, Emma Ridge and Joanne Spavin whilst joining the firm as solicitors are Richard Whittaker and Aurea Kevill.
Ms Buckham is a pensions law specialist who has been with the firm for just over a year. She advises trustees and employers on all matters of pensions law with a particular interest in governance and compliance, and is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.
Ms Johnson has been at Wrigleys for ten years since joining the firm as a trainee. She is a part of the charity law team and has a particular specialism in faith-based charities. She is a member of the Charity Law Association, STEP, and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Ms Ridge is one of two solicitors promoted to partnership level within the agriculture and rural property team. Her background of property has developed to specialise in rural properties, landed estates and community-led housing. She is a member of the Agricultural Law Society.
Ms Spavin is the second solicitor in the agricultural and rural property team to be promoted to partnership level. She deals in a broad range of commercial and agricultural property work; her experience includes landlord and tenant matters, acquisitions and disposals of farms and all forms of rural diversification including development schemes, development, telecommunications leases and wayleaves.
New arrival Ms Kevill further strengthens Wrigleys private client team following her move from the specialist trust and tax firm in London, Maurice Turnor Gardner. She is currently working as part of Wrigleys' farms and landed estates team, with a particular interest in developing her work within Wrigleys' art law and heritage property specialisms.
Mr Whittaker joins Wrigleys’ private client team from Rollits, where he had practised for 11 years within the private client department. At Wrigleys, he works in all areas of the team but specialises in estate administration.
Paul Nash, Wrigleys’ managing partner, commented: “The promotions of Kate, Natalie, Emma and Joanne recognise their excellent reputations in each of their specialist fields. The firm's decision to promote these able solicitors shows its commitment to equality and recognition of ability rather than time spent at the firm. In particular, the agricultural team has developed to supply growing demand for its expertise and to ensure long term continuity for clients, as can be seen in these partner promotions, and the recent recruitment of Aurea Kevill and Richard Whittaker."
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