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Ashtons Legal promotes 17 staff to associates and senior associates at its offices including Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich



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A solicitors firm has announced a raft of promotions.

Ashtons Legal, a leading regional law firm employing 400 people across its Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, Diss, Ipswich, Leeds and Norwich offices, promoted the staff this month.

The firm offers a range of legal and other business services to individual and business clients throughout the country and has announced the appointment of 11 new associates and six new senior associates from within the firm.

Pictured (left to right): Senior Associates, Roger Loomes, Joanna Cotgrove, Joanna Baker and Louisa Bradberry. Associates: Emily Sullivan, Jacqui O’Neill, Zoe Byford, Tom Chevous, Amanda Cavanagh, Tony Shord, Ross Blows, Naomi Everett, Alice Trainor and Victoria Cole.
Pictured (left to right): Senior Associates, Roger Loomes, Joanna Cotgrove, Joanna Baker and Louisa Bradberry. Associates: Emily Sullivan, Jacqui O’Neill, Zoe Byford, Tom Chevous, Amanda Cavanagh, Tony Shord, Ross Blows, Naomi Everett, Alice Trainor and Victoria Cole.

Promoted to senior associate level are Fabienne Atkin, Joanna Baker, Louisa Bradberry, Joanna Cotgrove, Roger Loomes and Emma Starr.

Fabienne works in Ashtons’ French property team in Leeds, Joanna Baker in the dispute resolution department in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, Louisa Bradberry heads up lifetime planning in Norwich, Joanna Cotgrove leads the family team in Cambridge and both Roger Loomes and Emma Starr work in the Ipswich office in the top-tier personal injury and business systems respectively.

Promoted to associates are Ross Blows, Zoe Byford, Amanda Cavanagh, Tom Chevous, Victoria Cole, Naomi Everett, Sophie Hearle, Jacqui O’Neill, Tony Shord,

Emily Sullivan and Alice Trainor.

Working in Ashtons’ Bury St Edmunds office are Ross Blows in the Court of Protection team, Zoe Byford, Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO, Amanda Cavanagh in

Clinical Negligence, Victoria Cole from the family team, Naomi Everett from residential property, Sophie Hearle from French property and Jacqui O’Neill from the firm’s Facilities and Admin team.

In Ipswich, the new associates are Tony Shord from the personal injury team and Emily Sullivan who is the firm’s PR and communications manager.

Alice Trainor is the final associate, and based in the Norwich office. She works in the dispute resolution team.

All 17 employees have also completed the company's Becoming an Effective Leader and Leading Effective Teams programmes.

James Tarling, Ashtons CEO, said: “These appointments demonstrate the commitment we have to investing in the professional development of our staff.

“I would like to personally congratulate all on this huge achievement, which is richly deserved.

“It is always rewarding to be able to promote talented team members from within the firm and to recognise the work they all do to meet a wide range of legal needs across the region and beyond”.

Meanwhile, members of Ashtons Legal’s Corporate and Commercial team have recently advised and assisted three clients on the sale of their businesses.

Senior Associate Mark Watson led a team who worked with marine engineering specialist AR Peachment Limited in the sale of the company to a member of the Alliance Marine Group, a French recreational boating and marine equipment distributor.

Associate David Sloman and others advised ubisend, the Norwich-based conversational AI company, on their sale to Soprano Design, an international communications platform supplier.

Partner Paul Whittingham and solicitor Catherine Turner assisted Subgero Ltd in the sale of Ordtek Ltd, an ordnance risk management and geoscience provider, to wind energy service provider Venterra Group.

Interim Head of Ashtons’ Business Client Group, Ed O’Rourke says: “After an uncertain couple of years we are seeing a sharp upturn in businesses now wishing to sell and companies wishing to acquire and grow. Ashtons’ Corporate and Commercial team have a wealth of experience assisting businesses of all sizes and through long-term

relationships have been able to provide the best advice to AR Peachment, ubisend and Subgero”.