Wilkin Chapman goes for growth on the North Bank with new East Yorkshire appointments

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Jul 2017

An increase in the demand for legal services has prompted expansion at the region's leading law firm.

Wilkin Chapman’s Beverley office at the Hall in Lairgate has grown its workforce to 40, with four of the latest recruits all having studied in Hull.

In 2005, the Grimsby-headquartered firm merged with Cooper and Wright, the latter of which had existed in Beverley for 125 years, and had developed a strong agricultural client base.

This traditional area of demand has now expanded and changed, bringing with it a need to invest in areas such as renewables and alternative energy, commercial and residential property, and dispute resolution.

One of the team’s longest-serving partners, Lesley Archer, enjoyed a career with Cooper and Wright before the merger.

She said: “We have built on an extremely good and loyal client base, supporting our customers with a strong core of agricultural lawyers while serving the need for specialists in all other aspects of the law.

"We are now attracting lawyers here from all around the area, making sure that talent comes in and stays.”

CONTINUED INVESTMENT: Teresa Thomas, partner at Wilkin Chapman's Beverley office

Commercial property solicitor, Rachel Leng, is one of the latest recruits. Having studied Law at Hull University, Rachel went on to achieve a distinction in her LPC at the York College of Law, working for solicitors in Hull and Goole, before spending time with the Queensland Government in Australia.

Fellow University of Hull graduate Tom Herd has also joined the team after qualifying in 2015, specialising in commercial property and the sale and purchase of small businesses.

Caroline Shaw has joined as a solicitor in the residential property team. Caroline studied in Hull and York, achieving her LPC in 2007 and appeared as a top-rated lawyer in the Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday in 2015.

Rachel Templeman, who graduated from the University of Hull with a law degree, will act as a paralegal, supporting solicitors in the dispute resolution team while Amy Slocombe-Smith moves over to Beverley from Wilkin Chapman’s Lincoln office.

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One of the firm’s latest recruits is insolvency manager Richard James, who joined the Beverley office having previously worked in Leeds.

He said: “There are some extremely talented people here, dealing in all sectors of work and to top it off, Beverley is a beautiful town."

Teresa Thomas, partner at the Beverley office, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new members to the team.

"Their combined experience, both locally, nationally and internationally, will be a great asset to our already well-established team, and is further evidence of our continued investment in East Yorkshire."

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