Helen Bowns from the firm’s Stratford office joined Shakespeare Martineau as a legal director in January this year. Helen is an experienced family lawyer, advising on issues involving businesses, farms and trusts, as well as on complex children issues. Her role involves working closely with clients in the local area, providing bespoke advice on a range of topics.
In the firm’s Birmingham office, Verity Kirby has also been promoted to legal director. Verity advises clients on matters including estate planning, trusts, powers of attorney and court of protection issues, with a particular focus on individuals and entrepreneurs.
Andrew Smith, joint head of the Shakespeare Martineau’s Stratford office, said: “Helen is a great addition to the Stratford office and the private client team at the firm. She has an extremely successful track record within the region and is well-placed to provide top-class advice to the local market.
“Despite current uncertainties posed by Brexit there will always be a need for sound legal advice on a variety of private client issues; Helen’s appointment and promotion mean that we will be in the best possible position to meet that increasing demand head on.”
Helen Hay, head of HR at Shakespeare Martineau, said: “We have a wealth of top talent at within our business and these promotions reflect that. Our people use their extensive market knowledge to add value at every turn and deliver solutions not only grounded in expert legal knowledge, but which deliver commercially too.
“Everyone at the firm has the ability to carve out their own futures and these promotions are reflective of the drive to do just that. Our business is built on the tenacity and creativity of our advisers and there is always room for progression for anyone who has the drive to do so.
“All of our recent promotions are outstanding in their respective fields and I am confident that they will continue to deliver top-class advice to all of their clients. Congratulations to all.”