Hawkins makes new appointments

March 7, 2012 |

Hawkins has recently appointed two new fee earners to its team. Claire Williamson has joined the firm following qualification as a solicitor in February and is working alongside partners Giles Debenham and Ruth Johnson in the criminal department and Andrew Stevenson has been appointed as the head of Private Client, Wills and Probate and will take up his appointment at the beginning of June.

Giles Debenham welcomed Claire’s arrival at the firm saying “Claire is a very bright, personable young solicitor who impressed enormously at interview and we believe she has a bright future with the firm”. Claire will be advising clients at the police station and appearing for them in the Magistrates Court. She said of her appointment “Joining Hawkins is very exciting for me. They have a very formidable reputation for criminal defence work and I am already enjoying working with Giles, Ruth and the rest of the team”.

Andrew Stevenson currently lives and works in Nottinghamshire and specialises in all aspects of Private Client work. He is married to Kelly and they have two small boys aged 5 and 2. Andrew is a keen sportsman although his rugby career has sadly been cut short by injury. He will lead the Hawkins Private Client team comprising solicitor, Nakita Larkowsky and paralegal, Amy Macwhirter. Graham England, the very experienced private client solicitor formerly with Roythornes will continue in his role as a consultant with the firm to support Andrew when he takes charge of the department.

Paul Sheerin, Hawkins’ Senior Partner, commented on Andrew’s appointment, “we are absolutely delighted that Andrew has agreed to join the firm. He is a very able and likeable private client solicitor. We instructed headhunters to find us a department head with partnership calibre and they produced a long list of very able and experienced candidates. The first time we met Andrew we realised he was the candidate for us. Our problem was to prove to Andrew that the firm’s ambition and ability matched his own. We are very glad that we managed to succeed in that!”

The appointments of Claire and Andrew follow on quickly from the arrival at the firm of Fiona Swann, a property solicitor with many years experience in London of both residential and commercial conveyancing work. Fiona is now specialising in residential conveyancing for high net worth clients whilst continuing to undertake commercial property work for existing Hawkins clients and many of her own clients who have followed her to the firm from London.

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