Clarke Willmott’s Manchester Office Announces 2024 Promotions

26th April 2024, 1:59 pm

The Manchester office of national law firm Clarke Willmott LLP has announced a series of internal promotions for 2024.

Included in the announcement are three lawyers who are due to be promoted to partner, subject to approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Matthew Dootson in the corporate and commercial team specialises in multi-site partnership structures within the healthcare sector, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, joint ventures, corporate finance, commercial contracts and data governance.

Mark Christie specialises in both contentious and transactional construction law acting for all types of clients including funders, developers, professional consultants, main contractors and sub-contractors.

The final partner announced is Harriet Atkin, who specialises in contentious construction law. Harriet has developed a particular specialism in assisting clients with technical engineering projects and has recently acted for a number of different clients in relation to various automotive, power generation and marine projects and has conducted multi-million pound litigation and adjudications on behalf of those clients.

Also promoted in the Manchester office is Geraldine Stephens who becomes a senior associate in the commercial litigation team. Geraldine specialises in legal disputes ranging from breach of contract, professional negligence, injunction proceedings, complex debt recovery, shareholder disputes, misrepresentation and contentious probate.

Clarke Willmott CEO, Peter Swinburn, said: “I’m pleased to announce this year’s internal promotions. We’re delighted to be celebrating the exceptional contribution of all colleagues recognised with promotion this year.


“As ever, this process has been a great opportunity to see the strength of talent and diversity we have across the practice. During discussions with candidates, it was also evident how our commitment to great client service and great people experience is being brought to life across the work throughout the practice. And it really has been a pleasure to see so many excellent examples of how those being promoted have stepped up in readiness for their new roles.”


Dan Jones, Clarke Willmott’s HR director, said: “We are clear that our people sit at the centre of our success. Developing our colleagues is absolutely fundamental to us as a business, and the excellent service we provide to our clients is only possible due to the great people we have within the firm. The skills those being promoted have demonstrated will be vital as we take advantage of the opportunities available to us in the future.”


Clarke Willmott is a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.


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