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Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office announces 2024 promotions

The Taunton office of national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has announced a series of internal promotions for 2024.

Four lawyers from the office were included in the announcement, which comes as the firm celebrates its 135th anniversary.

Due to be promoted to partner, subject to approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, is Helen Lock a specialist in residential and agricultural property law. Helen, who joined the firm in 2009, works on non-contentious cases including sales and purchases, landlord and tenant matters, remortgages, the basic payment scheme and easements.

Promoted to senior associate in Taunton is Emily Jenkins in the commercial and private client litigation team. Emily joined the firm in 2015 and specialises in contentious probate and trusts, agriculture and agri-business disputes and commercial disputes.

Making the move from Chartered Legal Executives to associates are estate administrator Lauren Smart who deals with both taxable and non-taxable estates and James Knott in the private property and agriculture team, who specialises in all types of sales and purchases.

Clarke Willmott CEO, Peter Swinburn (pictured), said: “I’m pleased to announce this year’s internal promotions. We’re delighted to be celebrating the exceptional contribution of all colleagues recognised with promotion this year.

“As ever, this process has been a great opportunity to see the strength of talent and diversity we have across the practice. During discussions with candidates, it was also evident how our commitment to great client service and great people experience is being brought to life across the work throughout the practice. And it really has been a pleasure to see so many excellent examples of how those being promoted have stepped up in readiness for their new roles.”

Dan Jones, Clarke Willmott’s HR director, said: “We are clear that our people sit at the centre of our success. Developing our colleagues is absolutely fundamental to us as a business, and the excellent service we provide to our clients is only possible due to the great people we have within the firm. The skills those being promoted have demonstrated will be vital as we take advantage of the opportunities available to us in the future.”

Clarke Willmott is a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.

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