London firm Joelson has announced that it has promoted Philippa Sturt to the position of managing partner.

Philippa is an experienced corporate and commercial partner with more than 15 years spent in practice. In her new role, she will continue to guide the practice as it seeks to expand its current market position.

Speaking about her appointment, Philippa said: 'I am very excited to be taking up the position of managing partner at Joelson. I hope that under my guidance we are able to continue with our success. We have become recognised as a forward-thinking practice, which has helped us to attract new clients from some of the world’s most innovative industries.'

Philippa became a partner at Joelson in 2012 and specialises in advising on all types of corporate and commercial transactional matters. She often assists with acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, AIM work and company reorganisations, with a particular focus on fundraisings and shareholder agreements.

Alongside her regular work, Philippa is focused on assisting female entrepreneurs and can regularly be found supporting or speaking to various woman-led business groups.

She will take over as managing partner from Phil Hails-Smith as part of a rotation of roles within the firm. He will remain at the firm in his current position as a corporate and commercial partner, offering support on a wide range of complex matters.

Phil Hails-Smith added: 'Since joining Joelson, Philippa has had a significant impact on the practice, assisting solicitors from various departments with a range of complex international matters. I can’t think of anyone better to hold this important position within our firm and I look forward to supporting Philippa for many years to come.'