Five new partners have been promoted at law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys, offering clients a new breadth of experience and talent across the firm’s top team.

The new partners enhance the construction, employment, HR, commercial property and litigation teams in Cheltenham, Worcester and the Thames Valley, and their moves are accompanied by promotions to senior associate and associate for other colleagues.

The promotions give new authority to:

  • Construction and engineering expert Lucinda Baker, whose practical and good-humoured advice helps a wide range of clients from banks and developers to construction businesses, schools, universities and colleges.
  • Cheltenham-based employment and education specialist Emilie Darwin, who works with independent schools UK-wide advising on employment issues, giving advice specifically tailored to each client’s challenges. She speaks for national schools’ associations such as the Independent Schools Bursars Association (ISBA) and writes for specialist education publications.
  • Elaine Fisher, director of Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ sister company Eagle HR, based in Worcester, whose clients benefit from her expertise in pay structures, job evaluation and equal pay and from her humour and warmth.
  • Commercial property expert Claire Leyshon, based in the Thames Valley, whose experience has benefited the NHS and other public bodies, as well as helping to bring to fruition the commercial vision of developers, retailers and investment companies.
  • Jenny Raymond, based in Cheltenham, whose concise, precise and timely advice on commercial litigation, with a particular focus on financial services, banking and insurance disputes, has benefited both multinationals and individuals.

Rod Thomas, the firm’s managing partner, said: ’We deliberately cast our net wide when we recruit into the firm, because we know that our clients benefit from the breadth of experience, enthusiasm and skills which our key people offer them; our people are our greatest strength and we want our staff to know that promotion is open to all within the firm - our newest partners will, I know, continue to flourish. They bring passion and care, as well as outstanding legal knowledge, to their work, and our clients benefit from that powerful combination.’

Commercial property lawyer Annabel Hull, based in Cheltenham, was promoted to senior associate, along with Jemma Price, based in Hereford; residential conveyancing solicitors Jane Mayglothling and Kate Potter, based in Hereford, and technology and media specialist Orlando Wells, based in the Cheltenham corporate team, were promoted to associate.