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BLS Annual Awards Dinner 3rd November 2022

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Foot Anstey unveils trio of partnership appointments

Top 100 law firm Foot Anstey has announced a new round of partnership promotions.

Employment solicitor Claire Holland, data law specialist Alexandra Leonidou and construction lawyer Tris Tucker have been made partners in the firm.

Existing partners Will Whitt (Banking) and Mark Rhys-Jones (Dispute Resolution) have also been promoted to mid-equity and senior equity partner respectively.

John Westwell, Managing Partner at Foot Anstey said “I am delighted to welcome Claire, Alex and Tris to the partnership and to congratulate them alongside Will and Mark on their promotions.

“Each brings different skills and styles of leadership, but one thing all have in common is that they are well-respected by colleagues and clients for their expertise and drive.”

National following

The three new partners have developed strong followings in the national legal market for their respective areas of practice.

Claire Holland focuses on employment advice to private equity clients and portfolio companies. She advises on national and international transactions, specialising in advice on business transfers, restructurings and outsourcing.

Alexandra Leonidou has built Foot Anstey’s data and information law practice since joining from Warner Bros. Entertainment. She supports clients with data protection and privacy issues, and provides pragmatic advice on digital media, digital marketing and technology related matters to a base of media and retail clients.

Tris Tucker heads up the firm’s contentious construction offering for clients in the UK and abroad. He advises employers, consultants and contractors on all aspects of construction and engineering disputes.


Osborne Clarke announces eight UK Partner promotions

63% of new Partners are female

Eight lawyers in Osborne Clarke’s UK business will be promoted to Partner, bringing the total number of Partners internationally to more than 260. The new Partners come from a range of sectors including energy and utilities, financial services, real estate and infrastructure and digital business.





The new partners will be:

Alexandra Gower: Real estate and infrastructure sector expert specialising in construction and engineering.

Alison Riddle: Specialist in structuring funds and joint ventures with a particular focus on the real estate sector.

Anastasia Gorokhova: Real estate sector expert who specialises in regeneration, development and build to rent.

Anna Williams: Advertising, marketing and sponsorship specialist in the digital business sector team.

Charles Crowne: Specialises in commercial disputes across the financial services and digital business sectors.

Dave Kerr: Real estate expert specialising in residential development, investment and energy projects.

Sarah Knight: Real estate and energy and utilities M&A and joint venture expert.

Tom Try: Corporate FinTech specialist.

Among the group, 63% of the new Partners are female; one successfully completed the process whilst on maternity leave and two currently work part-time.

Ray Berg, UK Managing Partner at Osborne Clarke, commented:

“I’d like to thank all of our new partners for their outstanding performance and contributions, which have helped to ensure the on-going success of our business. We’re also proud to see so many new female partners in this round, which shows our strategy is really paying off. Diversity is an important part of our 2020 vision and will continue to be key to our strategy going forward. It’s very important to our senior leadership team that people from all kinds of backgrounds, have the freedom to progress and equal opportunity to use their talents to the full at Osborne Clarke and for the benefit of our clients.”

Internationally Osborne Clarke also made a number of appointments across Europe and Asia at the start of the year including Alessandro Villa (transport and automotive, Italy), Alice Li (digital business, Hong Kong), Daniel Breuer (energy and utilities, Germany), Daniel Walter (financial services, Germany), Hadrien Chef (life sciences and healthcare, Belgium), Jens Schefzig (digital business, Germany), Johannes Ballestrem (transport and automotive, Germany), Johannes de Jong (financial services, Netherlands), Oscar Calsamiglia (life sciences and healthcare, Spain) and Sebastian Hack (digital business, Germany).