"Our goal is to become the pre-eminent law firm for privately owned business and that means planning for the future as well as ensuring we can provide a great service right now."
Manchester and London-based Glaisyers Solicitors has boosted its team with eleven new hires, increasing its total headcount to 75. The new team members include a commercial property Partner, three Solicitors and three Paralegals.
The firm’s rapidly growing commercial property practice accounts for three of the new recruits. These include Ross Wellman, who has joined as a partner with more than 30 years’ experience.
Mr Wellman has appeared several times in the Legal 500 and has held senior roles in several law firms, including having been an equity partner at DWF. Most recently he has acted as a consultant to law firms on property and commercial matters.
Mr Wellman’s experience includes working on complex and high-value property transactions, including site acquisition, commercial and mixed-use developments, and overseeing plot sales on behalf of developers. He has recently been involved in the acquisition of wind farms, bridging and longer-term finance of property deals, the acquisition and development of hotels and student accommodation, agricultural property matters and acting on landlord and tenant transactions.
Also joining the commercial property department is Sarah Milligan, who qualified as a solicitor in spring 2017 while working for Nexus Solicitors. She has since worked for JMW Solicitors and HRC Law, before taking on her new role with Glaisyers.
The third new hire for the commercial property department is Emer McMcool, who has been taken on as a Paralegal. She has two years’ commercial conveyancing experience and is currently studying toward a Graduate FastTrackDiploma through CILEx Law School.
Glaisyers’ corporate team, meanwhile, has been bolstered by the appointment of experienced solicitor Niki Polymeridou. Ms Polymeridou qualified as a solicitor in the UK in 2014, having already practised law in Greece since 2006. Before joining Glaisyers she held roles in the corporate and commercial teams at CH Legal, Linder Myers and Pearson Solicitors.
The employment team has also made a solicitor-level appointment, welcoming on board Stevi Hoyle who qualified earlier this autumn. Ms Hoyle joins from Farleys Solicitors in Manchester, where she completed her training contract, having been awarded her LPC by the University of Law in 2017.
Glaisyers’ commercial litigation department, meanwhile, has appointed Charles Hughes and Grace Sloan as Paralegals.
Mr Hughes, who completed his LPC at BPP Law School in Manchester in 2017, previously worked for DWF in various paralegal roles for almost two years. Ms Sloan, who previously worked at Shoosmiths, holds a degree in Law from Sheffield Hallam University.
Other appointments include Corporate PA Lisa Walker, who worked as a PA at Kuits Solicitors for more than 11 years before joining Glaisyers. Front-of-house, the firm has appointed Morgan Denham, who previously held a similar role at Shoosmiths, as Receptionist.
The firm has also taken on Lucas Arrona as a Marketing Assistant. Mr Arrona, who works alongside the firm’s Business Development and Marketing Manager Bethanie Bailey, holds a degree in journalism and previously worked for Northern Media as a Digital Marketing Intern.
Finally, Jade Dobson has joined Glaisyers as a Legal Services Assistant. Previously a college student, Ms Dobson has been taken on as a business admin apprentice through a scheme arranged by the Apprenticeship Academy.
This latest round of appointments means that the firm has increased its headcount by 25 per cent since being acquired 12 months ago in a management buy-in backed by the international professional services giant ETL Global. Further new recruits are due to start in the coming weeks and the firm is on course to increase its revenues from £4.3 million to £6 million in the current financial year.
David Jones, Equity Partner at Glaisyers Solicitors, said, “I would like to welcome all our new team members on board at such an exciting time for the firm. A year ago Glaisyers was a well-respected Manchester practice but we have made massive strides since then and now the firm is taking on instructions from clients based all over Europe and beyond.
“Our new recruits will have an immediate impact on the teams they have joined but, as the number of paralegal appointments shows, we are also committed to building the next generation of lawyers. Our goal is to become the pre-eminent law firm for privately owned business and that means planning for the future as well as ensuring we can provide a great service right now.”