Promotions reinforce Walker Morris’ investment in specialist expertise

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08/05/2019

Appointments reflect a strong year of growth for Walker Morris

Walker Morris has announced 11 senior level promotions across the Firm as part of this year’s promotion cycle. The internal promotions, which take effect from 1 May, comprise the appointment of 3 partners and 8 directors, continuing the Firm’s wider strategy of investment in specialist expertise.

The appointments have been made across a number of key departments, enhancing Walker Morris’ ability to provide a national full service offering to clients. The newly appointed partners are Jo Stephenson in Corporate, Shakeel Dad in Employment and Steve Nixon in Real Estate.

Jo is recognised as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in Legal 500 in recognition of her growing reputation in the corporate sector. She specialises in advising on M&A and private equity transactions, with a particular focus on advising overseas entities investing in the UK.

Shakeel has considerable experience of dealing with the full range of employment issues for some of the country’s most high profile businesses. He also acts for a number of Premier League and Championship football clubs. He is recognised as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in Legal 500 and described in Chambers as having “a wealth of knowledge and experience, which he is able to deliver in a very pragmatic and business-focused way.”

Steve is a residential development specialist with over 12 years’ experience acting variously for housebuilders, landowners and promoters on development sites across England and Wales. Steve has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the residential development industry and counts Barratt Homes, Persimmon and Bellway Homes amongst his regular clients.

The eight new directors provide strength in depth across a number of practice areas and include:

Malcolm Simpson, Managing Partner, commented:

“I am delighted to announce this year’s partner and director promotions. They represent growth in the strength and depth of specialist expertise that Walker Morris offers clients and reinforce our position as the pre-eminent, single site firm outside of London.

“The senior level promotions also recognise our ongoing commitment to the investment in leading talented individuals, with the Firm already counting 96% of partners recommended in either Legal 500 or Chambers & Partners.

“I would like to congratulate and thank all our new partners and directors for the hard work and commitment that they have shown in achieving their promotions.”

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