Dorset and Somerset firm, Humphries Kirk, has appointed a new senior partner and promoted four of its staff members for the new financial year.

Katharine Jones has been appointed senior partner of the firm. Specialising in all aspects of commercial and residential property, Katharine’s expertise is in landlord and tenant law. Katharine is responsible for overseeing the firm’s marketing and business development, as well as recently being appointed the Under Sheriff of Dorset for the seventh year in a row.

Michelle Dixon has been promoted to be a partner of the firm, based in the Poole office. Michelle is a solicitor specialising in construction law, advising individuals and businesses on contentious and non-contentious construction and property related disputes.

Rebecca Keeshan has been promoted to become an associate. Rebecca, a solicitor working in the Swanage office, qualified in 2002 with a focus on real estate law. At Humphries Kirk, Rebecca practises all aspects of commercial property.

Claire Colborne and Debbie Roper are both Chartered Legal Executives and have both been promoted to become associates of Humphries Kirk.

Claire joined the firm in 2003 and now works in the Crewkerne office. She specialises in buying and selling leasehold and freehold properties, re-mortgages, shared ownership and help-to-buy new builds.

Debbie has worked for Humphries Kirk for over 17 years and specialises in all aspects of family law, working with the team in the Poole office.

Commenting on the promotions, John Chittenden, managing partner at Humphries Kirk commented: 'Michelle, Rebecca, Claire and Debbie are outstanding members of the team and we are delighted to be able to promote them to higher positions. We have recognised their contributions to the success of the firm and their conscientious approach to representing their clients’ interests.

Katharine has been an exemplary partner of Humphries Kirk for over 16 years and has gained the utmost respect of the firm and its partners.'