Manchester-based personal injury law firm, Express Solicitors, has made good on its policy to bring its brightest talent through the ranks with the promotion of 56 employees from September 2020 to August 2021.
Six employees have been promoted to partner, including three who started in the new client team before achieving a training contract at the business – Ryan Postlethwaite in the Consumer Claims Litigation department, Amy Cassell in the Road Traffic Accident department and Catherine Citron in the Occupiers/Public Liability department.
The other new partners include Ruth Magee who specialises in Employers’ Liability and Adele Greenough in Road Traffic Accidents, while Stuart McLachlan has become a partner in the IT department.
Recruitment and training carried on as normal throughout the pandemic and headcount at the firm increased from 308 to 389 employees.
From its inception, Express Solicitors has had a policy of promoting employees from within. As well as promoting six employees to partners, it has promoted nine to Senior Associate and 12 to Associate. In addition, there were 19 employees who became Trainee Solicitors, giving the firm some 39 trainees in total. Other promotions included staff being promoted to positions such as HR Manager, Senior IT Technician and Assistant Solicitor.
The promotions come on the back of news that Express Solicitors Group had its best-ever financial results from April 2020 to April 2021, with group turnover up by 14% from last year to £31.3m and caseloads growing by 36% to 19,015.
Express Solicitors’ Managing Partner, James Maxey said: “Since the launch of the firm 21 years ago, our mission has been to reward and promote talented individuals. Our in-house training department has played an important role in helping us continuously train and promote our staff, which ultimately benefits them, the firm and our clients.
“We’re extremely proud to reward the determination and talent of these 56 employees, they’ve played a crucial role in helping the firm grow and they’re a credit to the business. It’s especially satisfying to have promoted three partners who started off in our new client team before we offered them training contracts. Their loyalty, hard work and skills have shone through from the beginning and they very much deserve to be partners at the firm.”
Express Solicitors has 389 employees and is ranked in The Lawyer Top 200. Its lawyers and the firm are recognised in The Legal 500 and the firm is noted in Chambers and Partners. Express Solicitors specialises in personal injury and accident claims, clinical negligence claims and serious injury cases.