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01 May 2015

Charles Russell Speechlys promotes five to partnership

Charles Russell Speechlys has promoted five lawyers to partner in its first promotion round since Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham merged in November last year.

The promotions – which come from both legacy firms and from across all four divisions and the three UK offices – reflect both confidence within the firm and the hard work, legal expertise and dedication to client service of the five new partners.

The new partners are:

Sally Ashford – Private Client, Guildford

Sally leads the non-contentious Private Client team in Guildford and has particular expertise in advising high net worth individuals and family business owners in relation to their estates and family succession planning, including inheritance tax mitigation and trusts.

Suzi Gatward – Real Estate, London

Suzi specialises in advising clients on all aspects of mixed-use development schemes. She acts for a number of national house builders and developers.

Jonathan Morley – Corporate, Cheltenham

Jonathan is a corporate finance lawyer advising clients on a wide range of transactions. He has particular experience in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and exits, angel investments, capital markets work, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations.

Hanh Nguyen – Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency, London

Hanh is a dual-qualified lawyer (Australia/England & Wales) advising on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. She advises insolvency practitioners and other corporate and individual clients in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency law.

Jonathan Walters – Commercial, London

Jon specialises in advising clients in the sports, TMT and retail sectors. In sport, he advises on commercial rights and regulations and acts for governing bodies, brands, agencies and individuals. He also has significant experience in the technology and media sectors.

These five promotions follow the two lateral partner hires Charles Russell Speechlys has made since the merger in November. Kim Campion leads the firm’s Employment team in Paris and joined from Courtois Lebel in December, and Victor Regnard is head of the Corporate and Banking & Finance practices in Luxembourg and joined from Clifford Chance in January.

Christopher Page, Senior Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said: “The merger has made this a very busy year, but we have never lost sight of the fact that it is the quality and dedication to client service of our people that drives our continued success. I welcome Sally, Suzi, Jonathan, Hanh and Jon to the partnership; they are all outstanding practitioners in their fields and exemplify the values of the firm. ”

Charles Russell Speechlys is also promoting 23 associates to senior associate. All the promotions take effect from 1 May 2015.