Skills base broadened as new staff appointed.
SOUTH WALES solicitors Hutchinson Thomas has further strengthened its team with four key appointments.
The appointment of lawyers Ian East, Christopher Edwards and Leah Jones, and trainee legal executive Phillip Lewis, increases the range of skills at the 11-partner Neath-based firm which includes 26 lawyers.
The move is part of a 12-month period of employment creation and expansion for Hutchison Thomas, which is one of the largest independent legal firms in south and west Wales with clients drawn from across England and Wales.
Former Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority forensic investigation officer Ian East joins Hutchinson Thomas as practice manager. Originally from Newport he qualified as a solicitor in 2002.
Commercial property lawyer Christopher Edwards is originally from Port Talbot, and during his legal career has also practiced in Caerphilly and Cardiff.
Joining him in the firm's property department is Leah Jones who is also from Port Talbot.
Newly qualified, she has taken up her role as a residential conveyancing solicitor.
A member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), Llanelli-raised Phillip Lewis joins the civil litigation department, specialising in personal injury and dispute resolution.
In addition to expanding its legal departments Hutchinson Thomas has also recently appointed a number of support staff and increased the number of employees to 64.
Hutchinson Thomas senior partner Robert Williams said, "I am delighted to welcome all our new colleagues.
"We pride ourselves on the strength and expertise of our team, and this expansion will further enhance the range of services we offer to our clients throughout the country."
From left, Ian East, Christopher <B Edwards, Phillip Lewis and Leah Jones