“South East regional heavyweight” law firm Penningtons Manches LLP has recruited four new partners to expand both its business and private client service offerings. Corporate partners, Philip Walton and Julian Harvey, together with family law partner Veronica Gilmour, have joined from Mundays LLP while clinical negligence Richard Money-Kyrle has joined from Darbys Solicitors.
Corporate partner, Philip Walton is an M&A specialist with expertise in the healthcare, aviation and logistics, IT, retail, charity, digital and real estate joint venture sectors. He was head of healthcare and head of professional training at his previous firm and has a particular interest in pharmacy, corporate governance and boardroom training for clients.
Julian Harvey’s practice covers all aspects of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, franchising and share options. He also specialises in property-related acquisitions of offshore companies and JV arrangements for residential property development. Julian also has extensive international experience and has been involved with a number of cross-border transactions.
Together with new corporate associate, Chinedu Uhiara, Philip and Julian will further strengthen Penningtons Manches’ directory-ranked corporate team led by Simon Bickerdike who is “highly rated by peers and clients alike” and “fearsomely intellectual” partner, David Kendall.
Veronica Gilmour has joined to establish a Surrey family law practice as part of the expansion of the firm’s family practice in the South East. She has 28 years’ experience in high value, complex financial cases and is recognised by Chambers UK 2014 as a Leading Individual. A Resolution-accredited collaborative lawyer and member of the Surrey Resolution Committee, Veronica is also a regular contributor to Darling.
She joins a strong personal tax, trusts and probate team, led by Laura Dadswell, which is already considered to be among the best in the South East, and the new Surrey family practice will enhance the firm’s services to both domestic and international clients.
With 18 years’ experience of acting for clients across the full range of clinical negligence issues, Richard Money-Kryle specialises in complex catastrophic injuries with particular emphasis on acting for children with cerebral palsy, patients who have suffered brain injury, and those who have experienced catastrophic life-changing events due to substandard medical care.
Richard is both a Law Society and Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) clinical negligence panel solicitor and regularly lectures for AvMA on its practice and procedure course. He has served as an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) regional secretary and group co-ordinator.
Commenting on the appointment of the four new partners, Penningtons Manches’ CEO, David Raine, said: “We have been delighted with the growth of our Guildford office which has quadrupled in size since it opened in March 2012. As well as adding strength and depth to our existing highly ranked teams, this influx of high calibre partners further confirms the market’s positive response to Penningtons Manches’ increasing commitment to Guildford and the wider Surrey community.“