Harrison Drury announces promotions


Preston-based law firm Harrison Drury has announced its most recent promotions, including six solicitors who have become associate solicitors.

Matthew Astley specialises in employment and regulatory law and commercial litigation. He has also developed a strong interest in sports law and is the founding head of the firm’s sports sector team.

Hayley Bamber joined the firm in 2018 and specialises in all aspects of property litigation. Laura is part of Harrison Drury’s home and family team, advising clients on wills, inheritance and trusts.

Rhian Hawkins joined Harrison Drury in 2013 as paralegal and has worked her way up to play a key role as part of the commercial property team.

Rebecca Patience qualified as a family solicitor in 2017 and advises clients on divorce proceedings, matrimonial finances and making arrangements for children following separation.

George Wilson joined Harrison Drury in 2019. He is based at the firm’s Lancaster office and is part of the commercial property team.

These promotions are in recognition of each member’s commitment to our culture.

In addition, Kate Hackett has been promoted from the role of operations administrator to senior executive assistant. As part of the operations team, Kate gets involved in a wide range of business projects and operational matters. She also plays a leading role in the firm’s community values team, coordinating and overseeing CSR activity.

John Chesworth (pictured), executive chairman of Harrison Drury, said: “We often talk about attracting people who fit with the culture of our business and who will contribute positively towards it by upholding our values.

“These promotions are in recognition of each member’s commitment to this culture. Among their many other achievements in the last 12-months, they have demonstrated that they live and breathe our vision and values.

“What’s also pleasing about these promotions is that Matthew, Laura, Rhian and Rebecca all joined us as trainee solicitors and have been able to build great careers with us.”

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