Leading south-east law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has announced 13 significant promotions, as it enters its new financial year.

These promotions include two equity partners, one partner, eight senior associates and two associates across key practice groups. These promotions highlight Thomson Snell & Passmore’s continued commitment to organic growth and further strengthen the firm’s capabilities of supporting businesses and individuals through the generations.

There are four promotions within the private client team. Leading the way are Nicola Plant (pictured) and Helen Stewart who will both become equity partners. Over 40% of the firm’s equity partners are now women, emphasising Thomson Snell & Passmore’s innovative and inclusive culture, from entry level to partnership. Nicola is also set to become head of tax planning, probate and trusts.

She began her legal career at Thomson Snell & Passmore, having trained at the firm and qualified there in 2000. Before returning to the firm in 2015 as a partner, she practised at London law firms Pemberton Greenish and Thomas Eggar. Nicola specialises in tax planning, including advising her clients on the administration of complex estates involving trusts, and has been instrumental in continuing to build on the firm’s excellent reputation for its private client work in the south-east.

Helen Stewart, partner and head of the probate team, has been at Thomson Snell & Passmore for over 15 years. She has extensive experience in the areas of probate and estate and trust administration, in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Rosalind Hamlyn and Catherine Fuller have been promoted to senior associates adding to the expertise of the private client team’s leading Court of Protection practice which is one of the largest specialist teams in the UK. They specialise in a wide range of Deputyship applications respectively, including those relating to complex medical conditions and severe brain injuries.

Additionally, Dominique Parker is set to become a senior associate in the clinical negligence and personal injury team. She specialises in clinical negligence. These promotions further fortify the firm’s position as the premier private wealth practice in the south-east.

The commercial property team is boosted by a number of key promotions. Matthew Grogan has been promoted to partner, in recognition of his strategic role in growing the firm’s property finance team. Matthew specialises in secured lending and property finance for UK banks, funds, lenders and borrowers.

His promotion contributes to the firm’s increasingly prominent corporate and commercial offering within the commercial property arena. Penny Edgar and Laura Keatley are promoted to senior associates, and Sophie Ogilvie, will become an associate in the team.

In the residential conveyancing team, Kim Connolly will become a senior associate and Samuel Davies an associate. They advise the firm’s clients on all areas of residential conveyancing with particular expertise in freehold and leasehold sales and purchases.

Alison Sparks, will become a senior associate in the dispute resolution team. Alison also trained at Thomson Snell & Passmore and re-joined the firm in 2014. She specialises in enfranchisement and statutory lease extensions.

Ben Stepney will become a senior associate in the employment team.

His specialism is in the social care sector, advising a number of care homes and domiciliary care providers on their employment law practices.