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Wright Hassall promotes new managing partner and more appointment news

Written by on 10/12/2021


A West Midlands law firm has appointed a new managing partner.

Wright Hassall, which is based in Leamington Spa, has promoted Phil Wilding to the post, taking over from Sarah Perry who has performed the role for six years but is now stepping down from the firm.

She has been with Wright Hassall for 32 years and rose from trainee to be one of the first female managing partners of a major law firm.

Mr Wildling has been with the practice for ten years as a partner and head of debt collection.

For the past two years, he has overseen the employment, commercial, litigation, business immigration, private client, debt recovery, matrimonial and corporate teams.



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He said: “I would like to put on record Wright Hassall’s gratitude to Sarah for her service over such a long period of time. To have risen from trainee to become managing partner is a huge achievement and a testament to her abilities and determination.

“I am immensely proud to have been asked to take on the role at what is such a crucial time. We are celebrating our 175th anniversary, have a hugely talented team and are extremely well placed to grow the business.”

Peter Lowe will become senior partner while Nick Abell will continue in his role as chairman.

In addition, Wright Hassall has appointed James Lowe as a partner in the commercial litigation team, specialising in regulatory law, and Ethan Desai as legal director in the agriculture team, specialising in non-contentious property matters for agricultural and rural landowners and tenants.

Mr Lowe joins from George Green and Mr Desai was most recently with Furley Page in Kent.



Realty Law director Gregory Emms (back right) with the firm's new recruits
Realty Law director Gregory Emms (back right) with the firm’s new recruits

In other appointments news, specialist property debt collection firm Realty Law has announced the expansion of its Birmingham with the appointment of eight new staff.

The new hires are led by senior residential property litigator Liz Rowen, a former partner of law firm Keebles, that was recently acquired by Knights.

She is joined by former Knights colleagues, Evie Britton, Kirsty Elliott, Cherice St Louis, Abby France and Sam Cooper, as well as two new administration assistants.

Realty Law recently announced the appointment of experienced property litigator Darren Clegg to lead the commercial property debt collection practice and develop its portfolio of regional and national clients.

Director Gregory Emms said: “The recruitment of Liz Rowen and her team will significantly improve Realty’s offering to new and existing clients. All of us look forward to working with them.”



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