National commercial law firm Harper James Solicitors has appointed Simon Gilmour as partner to its employment law team.

Gilmour joins from Harrison Clark Rickerbys where he was a partner and head of employment in the Worcester office.

He brings with him more than 20 years of experience working on contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with particular expertise advising on M&As and TUPE, as well as supporting internal HR departments on matters including project managing and delivering restructure exercises and change management programmes.

The firm’s CEO and corporate solicitor, Toby Harper, said Simon’s arrival followed a ‘very successful year’ for the firm during which it secured a succession of major new business wins. 

Harper said: 'Simon is a well-respected and highly skilled lawyer and his appointment demonstrates the high-quality recruitment that we at Harper James are undertaking in order to deliver affordable, best-in-class legal services and we’re excited to have him on-board.'

With a career spanning more than two decades - including 14 years as a partner in Midlands-based firms, including Shakespeares and SGH Martineau - Gilmour has acted on behalf of blue-chip clients and global organisations spanning a myriad of sectors.

Commenting on his new role he said: 'Having worked previously with Toby I am delighted to be joining his dynamic and successful firm. I have no doubt that, together with other senior leaders in the business, we can continue to grow Harper James into a special and unique law firm, offering great quality advice and service at real value.'