Thompsons Solicitors has announced the promotion of three solicitors to equity partnership.
Amanda Jones, a specialist asbestos lawyer who leads Thompsons’ Llanelli office; Paul Shevlin, the head of professional misconduct and crime; and Simon Wilson, the managing director of Thompsons’ wholly owned subsidiary BBH Legal Services, have joined the firm’s 21 existing equity members.
According to the firm, Jones’ appointment comes as the firm is being led by a female chief executive for the first time and now means that half of the firm’s 24 equity partners are women.
Shevlin, the national head of Thompsons Solicitors’ professional misconduct and crime team has a legal career spanning 20 years and specialises in cases involving employment law, equal pay and professional misconduct.
The firm said Wilson, who has over 26 years of experience as a solicitor, is the managing director of the wholly owned subsidiary BBH Legal Services Ltd providing legal services in Court of Protection and Trusts, Wills and Probate and Property and Conveyancing matters.
Clare Mellor, Thompsons Solicitors’ chief executive, said: “As we continue to build a firm fit for the next 100 years it is exciting to welcome three new equity members who will add real talent, strength and depth to our equity structure.
“Ensuring there is a new generation of senior legal professionals joining those already committed to supporting working people is crucial for our future. It’s also important that with our history of fighting key cases on equality we walk the talk when it comes to gender representation.”