Lancaster law firm appoints Allan Sumner as partner

Lancaster-based law firm Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand has appointed commercial property specialist Allan Sumner as partner. 

Allan has extensive experience of local and national clients and is an acknowledged and well-respected expert in commercial property matters and dealing in property work for estates.

After leaving Balliol College, Oxford, he chose followed a career in the law and swiftly moved through the ranks to reach partner level in just seven years.

He becomes the first outside appointment made at partner level at the firm in several years.

David Gillibrand, senior partner at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand, said: "Our approach has been to develop our solicitors as they progress in their careers up to partner level. Allan is a notable exception as he brings an extraordinary wealth of experience to the team and shares our values for delivering outstanding levels of service to our clients. Allan has a lot to offer to the partnership and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm."

Allan brings an extraordinary wealth of experience.

Allan said: “I had been aware of Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand for some years and always felt that I could be a good fit. There have been a lot of changes over the past 20 years in the way law firms operate, which, in my view, has often been at the expense of the client.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with my colleagues to help grow and strengthen the firm’s offering and client base. My approach is to be straightforward, approachable and accessible at all times.”