We are delighted to announce three team promotions under the career pathway which we have recently introduced.
Kate Allsop, a solicitor in our Child Care and Children Services Team, has been promoted to Associate Solicitor. Kate holds the Higher Courts Rights of Audience qualification and the Law Society’s Children Law Accreditation, as well as being a member of Resolution. Kate acts principally for children but also has extensive experience of acting for parents and grandparents in public and private law cases.
Her promotion reflects the significant contribution she has made to the growth and success of the department, including her contribution to the recruitment and training of the team members during its recent expansion.
Martin Blaylock has also been promoted to Associate. This promotion recognises the excellent contribution that Martin has made to the growth and development of the commercial team, which has doubled in size over the last two years.
Martin works very closely with Paul Westwell, and his areas of expertise cover transactional work, especially disposals and acquisitions of businesses, corporate work, and especially commercial property matters of all types. He is also experienced in high-value residential property work as well as residential development work.
He regularly receives praise from his clients for his commercially astute, straightforward and thorough advice.
Martin is also very actively involved in the supervision, training and mentoring of other team members and additionally has been appointed as the head of the firm’s staff committee. He takes the social committee responsibilities very seriously!
Both promotions are effective from 1 June. They are in keeping with our career pathway that was introduced during last summer for all Bromleys staff. The first such promotion was that of Rachael Frankland, who was promoted on 1 December to Associate.
Rachael splits her time between her dispute resolution practice and her employment practice. Her employment expertise covers both contentious and non-contentious work, including drafting contracts of employment, staff handbooks, employment policies of different types, and advice regarding TUPE transfers. However, she also has a wide range of experience of contested employment claims on behalf of employers and employees both in the High and County Courts for injunctions to enforce restrictive covenants and money claims, as well as in the Employment Tribunal for matters such as unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, claims for protective awards, sex, race and age discrimination and unlawful deductions from wages.
Rachael says: “It is very helpful to work on behalf of employers and employees, because it means I am able to take a balanced view of a problem, and see it from the perspective of both sides.”
In addition, Rachael has a broad dispute resolution practice. She is principally involved in commercial disputes of all types, as well as a growing practice in the full range of contested probate and Inheritance Act claims. She also undertakes personal injury work and property litigation. Rachael works closely with Mark Hirst in the dispute resolution team and Paul Westwell in the commercial team.
Rachael plays a full part in the development and marketing activities of Bromleys and in all aspects of the firm’s life.
Mark says: “Rachael has been with the firm now for 8 years and it has been fantastic to see her develop professionally into the trusted advisor for so many clients from all different backgrounds. She provides excellent, straightforward, clear advice. She always goes the extra mile for her clients and has had some great results recently. Rachael, Kate and Martin all have a great future here with the firm and are integral members of our growing team. Their promotions are very well-deserved.”