Thrings has appointed three new partners and a legal director as part of its annual round of promotions.

Natalia Sokolov, Robert Barnes and Alice Altounyan increase the size of Thrings’ partnership to 62, while Rebecca Balmforth becomes the irm’s fifth legal director.

Natalia is a construction specialist who acts for contractors, banks, developers and consultants on a range of non-contentious construction procurement advice, contract preparation and negotiation matters. She is a former chair of the South West branch of the Association of Women in Property.

Robert acts for a broad range of national and international clients on commercial property transactions with a particular specialism in secured lending, acquisitions and disposals and development projects.

Alice is a member of Thrings’ private property team who is experienced in all types of transactions involving residential properties, including listed buildings, leasehold sales and purchases, plot sales and purchases, remortgages, assents and transfers of equity.

And commercial property specialist Rebecca manages commercial tenancies, landlord and tenant relations, property development, retail lettings and the sale and purchase of real estate.

As legal director – a role introduced by Thrings in 2016 as an alternative to the traditional partner route – Rebecca will also help develop the firm’s commercial property work, manage relationships with key clients and mentor junior fee earners.

All four newly-promoted solicitors will work with colleagues in Thrings’ new offices in St Andrew’s House - located between the City of London and Midtown – as well as those based in Bristol, Bath, Swindon and Romsey.

Simon Holdsworth, managing partner, said: 'Thrings remains fully committed to investing in its staff, and while we continue to attract industry-leading legal experts from outside the firm, we also believe in harnessing the skills of our own talented lawyers and working with them to achieve their individual professional objectives.

'I would like to congratulate Natalia, Robert, Alice and Rebecca, who have consistently demonstrated an ability to understand and respond to their clients’ legal needs. Their promotions not only acknowledge their commitment and contribution to the firm, but also offer them the opportunity to influence its future direction.'