New Year promotions mark the start of law firm Willans’ 75th year

Willans' Jenny Hawrot has been made a partner
Willans Jenny Hawrot

Cheltenham law firm Willans is celebrating its 75th year in business with a raft of senior promotions.

Family lawyer Jonathan Eager and employment law specialist Jenny Hawrot are both promoted to partner, bringing the Cheltenham-based firm’s partner count to 18.

Further promotions include residential property lawyer Hilary Banister and trusts specialist Tom O’Riordan, who are now senior associate solicitors, while lawyers Charlotte Brunsdon, Jennifer Cockett, James Melvin-Bath and Emma Thompson are promoted to associate solicitors and chartered legal executive Susie Jones to associate.

New Year 2022 promotions press release imageThe senior promotions follow another year of growth for the firm in 2021, as well as a series of new arrivals, including partner Rishi Ladwa, who joined Willans’ corporate & commercial team in September. Adam Hale also took over as head of the firm’s ‘reputable’ agriculture & estates department in December.

Managing partner Bridget Redmond said: “After another strong year, I’m delighted to congratulate these excellent lawyers on their well-deserved promotions. Those who have been promoted embody our commitment to providing the highest level of legal expertise alongside a truly personal service; it’s a pleasure to recognise these individuals for their hard work and dedication.”

Willans was founded 75 years ago by Gloucestershire lawyer Alec Willans, who later moved the firm to its current home in Imperial Square, Cheltenham. Today, Willans employs around 100 people and provides legal advice to businesses, individuals, charities and not-for-profit organisations, based locally, nationally and internationally. The firm plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary throughout the year.