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Law firm Debenhams Ottaway promotes three of its senior lawyers to the partnership, Rachel Hyndman and Andrew Spearman in the Wills, trusts and probate team, and Neil Mercer in commercial property. Despite the challenging times, this positive move reflects the firm’s commitment to developing close long-term relationships with its clients and its people. The three new partners will add strength and depth to the client experience and encourage others looking to progress within the firm.

Rachel and Neil both trained and qualified at Debenhams Ottaway and Andrew joined in 2012. Debenhams Ottaway believes passionately in building teams of ambitious lawyers, helping them to develop their skills and reach their full potential. Rachel, Andrew and Neil join the current partnership of 10, with a female managing partner and a 50:50 male/female split, still a rare statistic in the legal sector. Almost 40% of the partners are homegrown talent having trained at the firm. Another homegrown success story is Barry Griffin who is promoted to senior lawyer in the Wills, trusts and probate team. He started his career as a legal assistant with Debenhams Ottaway in 2013 before being accepted onto the trainee programme.

Despite these difficult times, the firm remains committed to being able to look after its clients, as well as keeping an eye to the future and growth plans.  A strong client base of local and national companies and wealthy families and individuals with often complex legal needs is driving this positive approach.

Managing Partner Susan Glenholme, who also trained at the firm, comments “We’re all so proud of Rachel, Neil, Andrew and Barry, their hard work and passion has rightly paid off. Not only are they excellent lawyers, they are also well respected and liked, with an outstanding approach to client service. During these uncertain times it’s great to have a positive story to share. We believe that our people and clients are at the heart of our success and these promotions represent our commitment to nurturing and progressing our talented lawyers who will play a key role in the continued growth of our business.”


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