Glaisyers Solicitors has taken on seven new members of staff as it continues to grow a number of its key practice areas. The new starters will bolster its Legal 500-ranked litigation practice, its property and costs teams, and its administration department.
The Manchester-headquartered firm’s growing litigation team, led by executive partner David Jones, has welcomed a further four new lawyers on board. These are senior associate Kathryn Parrish, solicitors Shameem Ali and Michael Wilson, and legal assistant Owen Coyle.
Ms Parrish, who join from Kuits, is recommended by the Legal 500 and has been recognised by the directory as a Rising Star in Commercial Litigation for two years running. Her role covers a wide range of high-value and complex commercial disputes and she has a particular specialism acting for lenders, and associated professionals, in recoveries and enforcement work.
Her new role not only reunites her with David Jones but also Glaisyers’ managing partner and head of property David Marlor and commercial litigation partner Daniel Fitzgerald, all of whom had previously worked together at Kuits. Mr Jones and Mr Marlor left Kuits in 2018 to lead a management buy-in at Glaisyers with the backing of the international professional services group ETL Global.
Ms Ali, who most recently worked at SAS Daniels, qualified as a solicitor in 2017. She acts on behalf of companies, partnerships and private individuals on a wide range of commercial matters including property disputes, contractual disputes, and company and shareholder disputes.
Mr Wilson, who regularly acts for SMEs and high net worth individuals, has experience ranging from contract, shareholder, partnership, property, landlord and tenant, and business disputes to professional negligence and Inheritance Act claims. He has been involved in litigation for over eight years and has joined Glaisyers from the Chester firm, Aaron & Partners.
Mr Coyle, who has almost a decade’s experience in litigation, has previously worked for a number of law firms around the North West of England and will qualify as a solicitor imminently. He has recently worked on the high-profile British Airways, VW Emissions and Mercedes Emissions class action claims.
David Jones, executive partner and head of litigation, said, “Our litigation team continues to grow at pace, and I am thrilled to be joined by such a skilled group of lawyers. Demand for litigation is likely to grow rapidly over the months ahead, as businesses come out of lockdown and take stock, but we are also building a superb team for the long term and are determined to become even more of a force to be reckoned with, regardless of market conditions.”
Glaisyers’ fast-growing property practice, meanwhile, has welcomed solicitor Kathryn O’Rourke to its team. Ms O’Rourke, who previously worked at Gorvins, is a residential property specialist whose experience includes freehold, leasehold, new build and re-mortgage transactions.
Maariyah Patel, who holds a masters degree with distinction in Law, has joined the firm’s well-respected costs division as a consultant. Working alongside Glaisyers’ head of costs, Michael Fletcher, her role involves preparing bills and statements of costs, negotiating costs and drafting points of dispute.
The firm’s administrative team, which is led by partner and practice manager Sue Rocca, has also expanded with the appointment of Simon Waterworth as credit controller. Mr Waterworth has previously held similar roles at Lloyds Bank and other professional services firms.
Mr Jones continued, “I am incredibly proud of the way we have managed to continue to grow the firm throughout the pandemic, which is testament both to my amazing colleagues and the support we have continued to receive from our corporate partner, ETL Global. I would like to welcome all of our new team members on board – I am sure each of them will play a big role in what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in our firm’s history.”