Simpson Millar has announced Sarah Ryan as the new head of its private practice area in a move that also sees her join the firm’s senior management team. 

Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan

The private practice area includes the wills, trusts and probate team, as well as the Court of Protection, commercial property, conveyancing, dispute resolution, employment and family law departments.

Ryan, who joined the national firm earlier this year as partner and national head of conveyancing, will now take on responsibility for overseeing the wider private client offering.

Ryan has 20 years’ conveyancing and management experience. She will continue to lead the firm’s 43-strong conveyancing division - operating across the firms Liverpool, Manchester, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Southport and Lancaster offices – whilst also taking an active role in the strategic direction of the business as a whole. 

Ryan was formerly chief executive officer for a leading firm in Chester, as well as head of conveyancing and regional head of probate operations Co-operative Legal Services.

Commenting on Ryan’s promotion Greg Cox, Simpson Millar’s CEO, said: 'The Wills, Trusts and Probate team, as well as the Court of Protection, Commercial Property, Conveyancing, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Family Law services which fall within our Private Practice Area form an important part of our offering here at Simpson Millar.

'We are keen to continue to grow, develop our teams and add talent in order to offer an unrivalled service and deliver on our ambitions to be recognised as forward thinking, open lawyers.

'Sarah has an excellent track record in the strategic management of a private client division – both here at Simpson Millar, and in previous roles – and her contribution to growing that division, and the firm as a whole, will be most valued.

'We are also delighted to be welcoming her onto the senior management team.'