Raft of promotions at Royds Withy King as annual turnover continues to grow

May 17, 2019

Bath-headquartered regional law firm Royds Withy King has announced 20 promotions, including five new partners, along with further annual growth.

Turnover at the firm, which also has offices in London, Oxford and Swindon, rose by 6% to just over £38m which it said had been achieved despite increased uncertainty around Brexit and continuing competitive pressures. 

Half of the promotions announced this week involve staff based in Bath, where Royds Withy King has two offices.

Two of its newly promoted partners – Katherine Lauder, Maria Meek – are based in the city along with five associates promoted to senior associate – Ali Cloak and Katie Parr (both clinical negligence), Sarah Goodridge (real estate), Nicola Radcliffe (dispute resolution) and Sarah Taylor (property disputes).

Three Bath-based lawyers have become associates – Rebecca Allinson (residential property), Sophie Angwin-Thornes (clinical negligence) and Emma Young (family).

Managing partner Graham Street said: “These promotions are testament to the hard work and commitment we are seeing in all practice areas. We are fortunate to have such a strong pipeline of talent within our business which we will continue to invest in and develop.

“We are pleased to have achieved healthy growth despite increased uncertainty around Brexit and continuing competitive pressures. Notwithstanding these challenges, we are confident that we are well placed to continue to grow and deliver added value to private individuals and businesses.”

The firm, which recently won the MPF Best Managed Firm Award 2019, said the diversity of the newly promoted partners represented the breadth and depth of services it offers.

Katherine Lauder, who is described by the Legal 500 directory as ‘exceptional’, is an experienced family solicitor who specialises in cases involving children and domestic abuse. She is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and a Resolution accredited specialist.

Maria Meek, a chartered accountant, specialises in Court of Protection work and regularly acts as deputy for clients with severe brain injuries and in high-value complex cases managing their financial settlements and awards.

The three other partner promotions involve London-based lawyers – Zainab Dakhil, head of the firm’s residential property team in the capital, Ben Lees, who works in medical negligence, and Milan Kapadia, a commercial litigator who acts for insolvency practitioners, banks and businesses.

Royds Withy King employs around 520 people across its offices.

Pictured, from top: New partners Milan Kapadia, Katherine Lauder, Ben Lees, Maria Meek and Zainab Dakhil




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