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Legal: Legal eagles flying high at Hammonds.

Byline: By John Duckers

Three Birmingham law firms have announced a series of new-partner appointments.

Hammonds has unveiled four new partners across its core departments including commercial/IP, real estate, finance law and construction.

Julia Ishak, commercial and intellectual property, Mitchell Ball, real estate, Jon Bew, finance law and Tracey Wood, construction, have all accepted partnership with the firm.

Ms Wood has worked at Hammonds for two years and Ms Ishak, Mr Ball and Mr Bew have all been with Hammonds for four years.

Ian Forrest, head of Hammonds Birmingham, said: 'These promotions are testament to the wealth of talent that we have here in Birmingham and they will undoubtedly play an important role in the future development of the firm.'

Gateley Wareing has announced the promotion of two new partners, Victoria Garrad and Rebecca Foulkes.

Ms Garrad, an employment law expert, joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in September 1996. She has been a key figure in the creation and development of the firm's employment unit. Last year, she was named by Birmingham Future as its Young Professional of the Year.

Currently on maternity leave after her first child, she will return, working a flexible four-day week, from June.

Ms Foulkes, who specialises in property finance, advises a number of key banks in the Midlands. She joined in November 1998 and has been a part of the development of a highly regarded finance team Gateley Wareing has offices in Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham.

Birmingham and London law firm Martineau Johnson has announced the appointment of two new partners and a number of internal promotions.

Richard Underwood and Adam McGiveron have both been promoted to partners in the corporate team, a response to strong growth in the firm's corporate law practice.

Mr Underwood joined the firm in 1996 and Mr McGiveron four years later.

The promotions are part of a plan to expand the corporate law capability in such areas as mergers and the sale and purchase of businesses.

'We have enjoyed a number of successes in recent months and have handled a number of large deals, including several for Homeserve,' commented Mr Underwood. 'The corporate finance market is strong at the moment, especially in the West Midlands, and there are opportunities to increase our market share.'

The appointments also follow a number of internal promotions across the firm, including the commercial property, education and employment teams.

'We are committed to the development of our staff and it is special for us to see members of our teams progress to partnership,' added William Barker, managing partner at the firm. 'We are committed to developing our corporate law practice and to building our team in response. We expect to be recruiting externally in the next few months to add further to our resources

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Hammonds' new partners: Tracey Wood, construction partner, Mitchell Ball, real estate partner, John Bew finance law partner, and Julia Ishak, commercial and IP partner; Michael Ward, senior partner of Gateley Wareing, Rebecca Foulkes and Victoria Garrad
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 20, 2005
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