Ellisons has made a raft of promotions across its four regional offices, which include one new partner and eight new senior associates, as well as four new associates. It is the first time that Ellisons has ever appointed any of its lawyers into the position of senior associate, a senior fee-earning role which will be vital in the delivery of Ellisons’ business objectives, vision and growth plans. The promotions illustrate the firm’s focus on increasing specialism and expertise as they include lawyers from different practice areas.
This year has seen Ellisons going through another period of growth with the appointment of Petra Sharp, who joins the corporate and commercial team as a senior associate. Petra has over 17 years’ experience and specialises in all areas of corporate and commercial. This is in addition to the recent announcement of five appointments in the firm’s commercial property, residential property and award-winning employment team.
These promotions bring the total number of associates (including senior associates) to 21, with the new total number of partners reaching 23.
The full list of promotions:
Associates: Bernice Spurgeon (personal injury, Ipswich), Hayley Songhurst (insolvency, Colchester), Jennifer Howard-Dobson (corporate and commercial, Ipswich), Sarah White (private client, Harwich).
Senior associates: Joe Brightman (dispute resolution, Colchester), Jennie Kingham (private client, Ipswich), Michelle Lamm (private client, Frinton-on-Sea), Patrick Logan (residential property, Colchester), Antony Mao (commercial property, Colchester), Ceri Rogers (dispute resolution, Colchester), Ian Seeley (construction and regulatory, Ipswich), Edward Weaver (insurance litigation, Colchester).
Partner: Susan Ryan joined Ellisons’ commercial property team in 2013, and was promoted to the role of an associate in 2017. Susan has over 15 years’ experience in property law and specialises in landlord and tenant agreements and high-value commercial property sales.
Guy Longhurst, managing partner at Ellisons said: “We are proud of all members of the Ellisons’ team who have worked so hard for their promotions. Introducing the senior associate role is something that we’ve been considering for a while and the new senior associates will be an integral part of our positive culture, actively contributing to the delivery of excellent service to our clients.
“I am also delighted to welcome Susan Ryan to the partnership, further strengthening the senior management team within the commercial property team and the wider firm. These promotions underline Ellisons’ commitment to acknowledging the contribution of our colleagues, who work so hard to help our clients.”