Judith Rountree, solicitor in the dispute resolution team Gardner Leader, has been promoted to associate following a highly successful legal career since joining the firm in 2009.

Judith, who has five years’ post-qualification experience, was crowned Young Lawyer of the Year last year at the LawNet awards. LawNet national organisation which has been supporting independent law firms for 20 years.

Her track record for winning complex litigation cases and her excellent business development skills were strengths which helped her to win the young lawyer award as well as qualities which contributed to her promotion to associate.

Since joining the firm, Judith has worked with the team to develop a new fixed-fee programme for landlords and tenants involved in property litigation whilst the work she has done with the charity sector has attracted and retained a number of well-known charity clients.

In the contested probate sphere she successfully defended a £1.1m claim on behalf of two defendants in the High Court, which challenged the deceased’s lack of testamentary capacity as a result of vascular dementia.

Derek Rodgers, managing partner at Gardner Leader said: ‘Judith has always shown such drive and commitment to her clients and the firm. She has excellent rapport with her clients and has proven to be highly skilled in areas of litigation including contested probate, commercial and property litigation. 

‘I look forward to her continued success as she embarks on her career as one of our associates.’

Judith’s promotion comes at a time when Gardner Leader also welcomes a number of new recruits into the firm to support continuous business growth. 

Two paralegals, Becky Reilly and Cate Beavis have joined to support the commercial and conveyancing team whilst Steph Cummings, Ellie Clifford and Claire Andrews start their training contracts in August as part of their final stage to qualifying as solicitors.