Law firm makes two senior promotions
A law firm at the centre of the competitive cluster of practices headquartered in Cheltenham has announced two promotions within our senior management team.
Jon Rathbone has been made an equity director and Julie Bennett a director at Royal Crescent offices of Hughes Paddison.
Mr Rathbone joined the spa town business as a director in February 2017 coming from international law firm, DAC Beachcroft under instruction to further establish the firm’s corporate and commercial department.
Since then Hughes Paddison credits him with “building up a successful team, working on over 70 transactions with a combined value of over £70m and enhanced Hughes Paddison’s reputation as a full-service commercial law firm”.
Ms Bennett joined the firm’s family department in November 2014 having previously practised in Worcestershire.
Her areas of specialism “for which she has built an excellent reputation” includes divorce, civil partnership breakdown, pre-marital agreements, domestic violence and children issues.
She is now one of four directors in a department the firm describes as “one of the largest family law departments in Gloucestershire... continuing to build on its fantastic reputation both locally and nationally”.
Jane Brothwood, managing director, said: “We have recently been re-assuring our clients and contacts that it is very much business as usual, as our team have adapted brilliantly to new ways of working.
“Announcing these two promotions at this point in time is further evidence, if it was needed, that this is the case. The expertise and approach that our teams demonstrate day in, day out is what sets us apart from our competitors.”
Mr Rathbone said: “I would like to thank Jane and the other equity directors for the trust that they have shown in me, by inviting me to become an equity director. We have a brilliant team and I have been delighted with the quality and variety of companies and transactions we have been involved in.
“Hughes Paddison has a fantastic client base and reputation which has helped us to grow the department so quickly. I feel very fortunate to have found such a great group of people to work with and I am very excited about the future and what it holds.”
Ms Bennett said: “Within the family team we have an excellent reputation for our expertise as well as the sensitive manner in which we help our clients at what is invariably a stressful and traumatic time.
“I am looking forward to carrying on this work, but also getting to grips with the additional responsibilities of being a director”.