Trowers & Hamlins announces seven new partners

03 Apr, 2013

Trowers & Hamlins, the City and international law firm, recently announced the promotion of seven new partners across its offices in London, Dubai and Manchester.  The appointments took effect from 1 April 2013.


The promotions are spread across several of the firm’s disciplines including banking and finance, employment, housing projects, litigation & dispute resolution, and projects and construction.


Jennie Gubbins, Senior Partner, Trowers & Hamlins, said:  “I am pleased to welcome these talented individuals to the partnership and to recognise the outstanding contribution they have each made to the firm in their respective areas.   They have all successfully demonstrated technical excellence and sound commercial skills whilst also delivering the highest standards of client care.   This latest round of promotions will help us to strengthen and grow our strategically important areas both in the UK and internationally.”


The new partners are:

Paul Bartter, Projects and construction, London

Paul specialises in large-scale residential and mixed-use developments, energy from waste, renewable energy and complex infrastructure projects.  He acts for developers, contractors, landowners, funders and public bodies including The Berkeley Group (one of the UK’s most successful residential developers), Amey (one of the UK’s leading public services providers), Vinci Construction UK and Vinci Environment UK (part of Vinci, a world-leading contractor).


Kate Bouchier, Housing projects, Manchester

Kate specialises in advising housing association clients on a wide range of property matters, regeneration and development projects, site acquisitions and disposals, including the property aspects of large scale housing transfers. Kate also advises on environmental matters, including indemnities and safeguards on liability for remediation as well as on the impact of the community infrastructure levy.


Cheryl Cairns, Construction, Dubai

Cheryl specialises in both UAE domestic and international contentious and non-contentious construction law, providing pre-dispute contract advisory services as well as being experienced in conducting arbitrations under various institutional arbitral rules including the DIAC, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules.  Cheryl acts for a variety of employers, contractors and subcontractors and her notable instructions include acting on behalf of a specialist systems subcontractor, the Claimant, in an AED 282m claim arising from a major infrastructure project.  Cheryl is also regularly appointed to sit as an arbitrator.   On the non-contentious side, Cheryl frequently advises clients on procurement issues, amendments to redress the balance of risk in standard form building contracts, consultancy agreements and forms of security. 


Imogen Fisher, Banking and finance, London

Imogen specialises in banking and finance law and advises on a wide variety of transactions acting for lenders and borrowers in the private and public sector. In particular she has experience advising clients on development finance, general corporate lending, and asset finance transactions.  Imogen also has considerable experience advising clients on the acquisition of loan portfolios.


Nicola Ihnatowicz, Employment, London

Nicola’s practice covers all aspects of human resources and employment law, and she acts for a range of public, private and third-sector employers. She specialises in TUPE, large-scale change programmes and restructures, changes to terms and conditions, discrimination and equal pay.  Nicola’s recent experience ranges from advising local authorities on the employment issues involved in large outsourcing projects to defending complex employment tribunal claims for race discrimination, victimisation and harassment.  Nicola also has particular expertise in working time, sickness and absence management, board member remuneration and managing complex employment disputes. 


Peter Kitson, Projects and construction, London

Peter is a specialist transactional construction and procurement lawyer. He has wide-ranging experience, both domestic and international, of drafting and negotiating building and engineering contracts, long-term asset management contracts, consultants’ appointments, development and project agreements, the construction aspects of PFI contracts and all related documents for clients in the public and private sectors. Peter has acted on projects to deliver social housing and regeneration schemes, private residential and commercial developments, schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects. Peter has particular expertise in procurement strategy and the EU rules governing public sector procurement.


Steve Nichol, Litigation & dispute resolution, London

Steve specialises in disputes in the construction and engineering sector.  In addition to his core work in the UK, Steve’s practice includes extensive work on international projects, particularly in Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.  He has particular experience of transport, infrastructure and civil engineering disputes, as well as disputes across a broad spectrum of projects and developments for both public and private sector clients.  As well as TCC and arbitration proceedings, Steve’s experience extends to all forms of alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including adjudication, mediation, expert determination, and the resolution of claims under the pre-action protocol for construction and engineering disputes.

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