Halebury adds four as firm reveals ABS plan

17 Jul, 2012

Halebury, the alternative law firm that acts for some of the biggest names in business and sport, is adding four new recruits to its team amid plans to become an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) in the next year.


IIana Swimer joins from Herbert Smith, Caroline Ford joins from ICT service provider Damovo UK and Marissa Jones’ latest role was at Honda Motor Europe. while Helen Burness arrives from Hardwicke Chambers as Business Development Manager.


Since its launch in 2007 the firm has not only attracted highly experienced former in-house and private practice lawyers, but services an enviable client list, ranging from corporate giants Nike, BSkyB, Bangladesh Cricket Council and Ericsson, to sports personalities Ben Ainslie and Rory Mcllroy.


Jointly-led by solicitors Janvi Patel and part-time Sky News presenter and Watchdog legal expert, Denise Nurse, Halebury was one of the first firms to pioneer a flexible/alternative solicitor model. Its solicitors have autonomy, career advancement, and flexibility whilst clients receive advice from true industry insiders on a placement arrangement or for general advisory work at lower fees. It now has 15 fee earners.


Founding director Janvi Patel said: “These latest appointments will be the first in a series of new joiners to Halebury over the next year. We spend time in getting our recruitment right and demand great experience (in-house and city) coupled with real entrepreneurship. Clients receive a combination of hands-on commercial and legal advice from senior lawyers at a competitive rate; solicitors enjoy working with great clients on the front line, with full autonomy and complete flexibility to run their practice.”


Denise Nurse adds: “As well as recruiting more solicitors, our next major development will be becoming an ABS, which we hope will give us greater access to finance and a strong platform for continued growth, both in the UK and internationally, making it an even more attractive proposition for solicitors and clients.”

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