We are thrilled to announce the latest moves under our career pathway initiative designed to nurture and promote talent from within our team.

Kate Allsop and Martin Blaylock have been promoted to associate solicitor level in recognition of their contributions to the success of their respective departments and the wider firm.

Kate works in our care proceedings and children’s services team. She acts mainly for children but also represents parents and grandparents in public and private law cases.

She is a member of the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation Scheme and in 2012, at the age of 27, Kate became one of the UK’s youngest lawyers to be granted higher rights of audience by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which enables her to represent clients in the most senior of courts.

Martin works in our corporate and commercial services team, advising on transactions such as acquisitions and disposals, as well as undertaking other corporate work and acting on commercial property, high-value residential property and residential development matters.

Mark Hirst, senior partner at Bromleys, praised the duo for their legal expertise and the active roles they have played in the recruitment, training and mentoring of their expanding teams.

“Kate and Martin are the latest people at Bromleys to benefit from our career pathway initiative and fully deserve their promotions,” he said.

“They have made great progress, developing their own skillsets and their client followings, and have made significant and valuable contributions to their respective teams and the wider firm.”

The pair are the latest to benefit from our career pathway scheme, which was introduced in 2019 and is open to our entire team.

It maps out a defined career path for all staff, setting out the different levels of progression that can be achieved and the criteria they have to fulfil to gain promotion.

The promotions follow that of Rachael Frankland, who became an associate solicitor late last year under the scheme.

Rachael, who joined Bromleys in 2012 as a paralegal and undertook her training at the firm, works across the employment and dispute resolution teams.

Her areas of employment work include TUPE transfers, unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, settlement agreements, contracts, internal disciplinary and grievance procedures, enforcement of restrictive covenants and other HR matters.

Rachael has a broad practice in relation to disputes, advising on commercial and contractual matters, insolvency, contested wills, professional negligence claims, property and lease cases and accident and personal injury claims.

She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Mark said: “We invest heavily in our people, encouraging them to reach their true potential.

“The career pathway sets out what is required to succeed and, through training, mentoring and commitment from the management team and our employees, we work together to ensure personal goals are achieved and that hard work and dedication are rewarded.”