Midlands law firm Wright Hassall has made a number of appointments in its specialist private client and contentious probate teams.

Associates Danielle Pawson, who joins from Clarion in Leeds, and Maya Elci, who joins from Hubbard Pegman Whitney in London, will be part of the firm’s contentious probate team alongside paralegal Gaitri Majitha, who moves from Keoghs in Liverpool.

All three recruits will be dealing with disputed estates while Pawson also bolsters the firm’s contested Court of Protection offering.

Senior associate Deborah Beal and solicitor Katie Deakin have joined the private client team, dealing with matters relating to wills, trusts and tax planning. Both Beal and Deakin previously worked at Kidderminster-based firm Thursfields.

Probate partner Katie Alsop commented: 'Work within contentious probate is busier than ever and as we start the New Year it is fantastic to see us strengthen our numbers to respond to demand.

'With the additions of Danielle, Maya and Gaitri, we now have a team with considerable strength and depth which will enable us to build on our existing expertise.'

Head of private client and partner Tracy Ashby added: 'I have worked with both Deborah and Katie previously and know how well respected they are, so I am thrilled to have them on board.

'Deborah has a wealth of experience across a varied caseload of private client work, while Katie was about to start her training when I first met her and has now developed into a very capable solicitor.

'Their appointments strengthen the team and the support we can provide for specialist areas such as tax and care funding.'


Pictured above: (l-r) Tracy Ashby, Katie Deakin, Deborah Beal, Maya Elci, Milena Stras, Susan Floyd, Gaitri Majitha, Danielle Pawson, and Katie Alsop