Napthens announces 14 new hires across the business

By Tim Aldred

13 Feb 2024

Napthens New Starters 2024 Group Shot

Law firm Napthens has announced 14 new appointments across its Preston, Blackburn, Cumbria and Liverpool offices.

The corporate team is boosted by the arrival of two solicitors, a senior associate solicitor and a legal director.

Specialist tax lawyer Clare Smith joins as legal director, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in private practice and industry. She will provide full-service support on transaction work, tax structuring schemes and employee equity incentive plans.

Craig Whittingham also joins the corporate department as a senior associate solicitor, while Makhala Kirwan and Michael Truman have been appointed as solicitors to support the team’s increasing deal volume.

Keith Melling, head of corporate, said: "We’ve made fantastic progress over recent years, as businesses are looking to us as the smart alternative to the national law firms and this allows us to continue to enjoy sustained steady growth.”

In addition, Napthens’ private client team adds three new hires, with Helen Gaskell rejoining the firm as legal director, after a 13-year absence. Helen was previously in the wills and estate planning department and will be focused on Napthens’ Fylde Coast and Lancashire regions.

Joining Helen are senior associate solicitor Rhianna Bateson and legal assistant Janine Mercer.

The firm’s Commercial Litigation team also sees the arrival of solicitors Liam Ockleshaw, Solaman Naveed and legal assistant Sophie Smith. All will be under the guidance of experienced litigators and David Bailey and John Whittingslow.

In addition, Napthens’ residential conveyancing team is boosted with the arrival of legal assistant Wendy Blakely in the Cumbrian team where Lauren Barnes also returns, and Demi Mason joins the Liverpool team as the department continues to grow under the stewardship of Sarah Barnes.

The firm has also recruited a number of roles within the business support services, to ensure all fee earners and departments receive the required levels of support. This includes Aaisha Ibrahim who joins the people and HR team, and Stuart Game who bolsters the technology and projects team.

Jamie Allison, partner, head of real estate and the firm’ Cumbria office, said: “We finished 2023 with a raft of new hires, and to continue that recruitment across a number of services within the business in early 2024, clearly demonstrates true and sustainable growth across the firm.

“Clare’s experience is a vital addition to the corporate team, while Helen’s return to the firm clearly demonstrates the credibility of Napthens to attract ambitious and experienced professionals.

“However, our recruitment drive is not finished and we’re expecting further hires in the coming months.”

Enjoyed this? Read more from Tim Aldred

Latest news

1

Fit-out begins at hospital's new £1.5m annex Greater Lancashire Hospital Annex

Fit-out begins at hospital's new £1.5m annex

13 Jun 2024

2

Ribbon cut on Blackpool's £23m tramway extension Blackpool Tram Extension Launch

Ribbon cut on Blackpool's £23m tramway extension

13 Jun 2024

3

Pension firm announces service expansion for businesses Paul Rowe Pro Start Pensions

Pension firm announces service expansion for businesses

14 Jun 2024

4

The fear of getting women's health in the workplace wrong symptoms.png.png

The fear of getting women's health in the workplace wrong

14 Jun 2024

5

Accrington Stanley Women appoint new head coach New Accrington Stanley Women Head Coach James Mallett.jpg.jpg

Accrington Stanley Women appoint new head coach

14 Jun 2024

Lbv116 Ltb Strip980
Background image for hub sign up block

LBV Hub

Reach 50,000 members of the Lancashire business community

Post your news
Post your events
Post your offers
Company profile
Social reach
Magazine coverage
Sign-up
Events
RISE - The Academy for Female Leaders and Managers
WENDY BOWERS RISE Illustrstion copy.jpg.jpg
LBV Hub Seminars
11 Jun 2024 - 04 Dec 2024

RISE - The Academy for Female Leaders and Managers

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Clayton le Moors, BB5 5JR

09:00 - 16:30

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour
EVENT LISTING SIZING Endeavour.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
18 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Chorley - BNI Endeavour

Oak Royal, Bury Lane, Chorley, PR6 8SW

06:30 - 08:30

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista
EVENT LISTING SIZING Vista.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
18 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Blackburn - BNI Vista

Hampton by Hilton, 2 Frontier Ave, Blackburn, BB1 3AL

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus
EVENT LISTING SIZING Zeus.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
19 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Accrington - BNI Zeus

The Mill House, Corn Mill Yard, Accrington, BB5 5HX

06:45 - 08:30

Free 4 Week Growth Ignition Coaching Programme
UCLan Primary logo RKE.png.png
LBV Hub Seminars
19 Jun 2024 - 03 Jul 2024

Free 4 Week Growth Ignition Coaching Programme

Online, Preston, PR1 2HE

12:00 - 13:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond
EVENT LISTING BNI Diamond.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
19 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Diamond

The Marriot Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, PR3 5JB

07:15 - 09:00

Exclusive Free Event - An inspiring morning with Professor Paul McGee, The SUMO Guy
Paul McGee Event
LBV Hub Seminars
19 Jun 2024

Exclusive Free Event - An inspiring morning with Professor Paul McGee, The SUMO Guy

Village Hotel Blackpool , Blackpool , FY3 8LL

08:30 - 13:00

Bold Moves Mastermind - Procrastination to Profitable Pricing
BV Online Course Title pages (1).jpg.jpg
LBV Hub Seminars
19 Jun 2024

Bold Moves Mastermind - Procrastination to Profitable Pricing

Oswaldtwistle Mills Business & Conference Centre, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 0EY

09:30 - 12:30

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos
EVENT LISTING BNI Kudos.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
20 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Burnley - BNI Kudos

Prairie Sports Village, Windemere Avenue, Burnley, BB10 2FU

06:45 - 08:30

THE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS COMEDY DINNER SHOW
AbFab Social Post.jpg.jpg
LBV Hub Social
20 Jun 2024 - 20 Jun 2024

THE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS COMEDY DINNER SHOW

Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort, Burnley, BB12 0RT

18:30 - 23:00

Business Networking in Lancaster - BNI Castle
EVENT LISTING BNI Castle.png.png
LBV Hub Networking
20 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Lancaster - BNI Castle

Vale of Lune RUFC, Powder House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 2TT

06:45 - 08:30

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Brunch
EVENT LISTING SIZING Brunch .png.png
LBV Hub Networking
21 Jun 2024

Business Networking in Preston - BNI Brunch

Samlesbury Preston Hotel, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0UL

09:30 - 11:00

Advertise with us

Reaching 50,000 members, our print, digital and event platforms offer a fantastic way to raise your business profile and help you grow.

Find out more LBV116 Online Graphic
Subscribe now

Weekly news bulletin