David Fennell, Gowling WLG
David Fennell, chief executive of Gowling WLG, formerly Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co, in Birmingham, was named in the 2015 Hot 100 list compiled by The Lawyer magazine, recognising the UK’s standout lawyers shaping the profession. He was appointed to lead the business in 2014 with responsibility for strategy delivery and client services, and also ensuring the firm’s May 2014 merger with Lawrence Graham and subsequent merger with Canadian law firm Gowling deliver maximum benefits.
Michael Ward, Gateley
Gateley chief executive Michael Ward made legal history last year when his firm floated on the AIM market at the London Stock Exchange in an IPO which raised £30 million. He leads a firm with 11 offices in three countries and a headcount of more than 600, and has increased the firm’s profits and turnover. He was the 2014 Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year. Black Country born he is a keen supporter of the arts in the region.
Andy Raynor, Shakespeare Martineau
Andy Raynor is chief executive of newly-merged Shakespeare Martineau, the firm formed when Shakespeares and SGH Martineau came together last June. The Colmore Square-based firm has nine offices around the UK. It has 140 partners and turns over £75 million a year. Before joining the firm, Andy Raynor spent nine years as chief executive of accountancy firm RSM Tenon.
Greg Lowson, Pinsent Masons
Greg Lowson is partner and head of office at the Birmingham office of law fiorm Pinsent Masons. As a senior figure in litigation and compliance group he handles some of the firm’s largest and most complex litigation. He is a solicitor advocate and an accredited mediator.
He is also presently the president of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.
Mushtaq Khan, Birmingham Law Society
Mushtaq Khan is the 120th president of Birmingham Law Society.
A partner in the city centre law firm Freeths, he took up his post in April. He has the task of promoting Birmingham and the West Midlands as a centre for legal excellence. At Freeths he heads the social housing division advising housing associations and local authorities. He is a member of the Social Housing Law Association.
Phil Shiner, Public Interest Lawyers
Phil Shiner leads the team at Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers which he founded in 1999. He has an international reputation for his work on human rights law and environmental law, and is a member of the Law Society’s planning panel as well as a visiting fellow at the LSE.
Issues such as the rights of Ghurkha soldiers and the conduct of British troops in post-occupation Iraq have propelled him into the public domain through two major judicial reviews. His Jewellery Quarter firm has used the law to challenge authority on issues as diverse as Israeli actions in Palestine to library closures.
Tariq Sadiq, St Philips Chambers
Tariq Sadiq of St Philips Chambers is an award-winning barrister who specialises in employment law, particularly in commercial, sport and professional discipline disputes. He won Birmingham Law Society’s Barrister of the Year award in 2015 and 2013 and was short-listed in 2014. He is recognised as a leading employment barrister by Chambers and Partners UK, and by the Legal 500. He is chair of the FA’s anti-discrimination panel and an arbitrator on the FA’s Arbitration Panel.
Michael Stephens, Kings Chambers
Michael Stephens was Birmingham Law Society’s International Lawyer of the Year 2015. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was their 2014 president. He is also a member of arbitration institutes and panels in The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Korea. He has practiced with the Church Street-based Kings Chambers since 1985 and has particular expertise in construction law.
Caroline Coates, DWF Law
Caroline Coates is an executive partner in the Birmingham office of DWF Law, and also heads up the automotive sector for DWF nationally. She specialises in product liability cases, complex employers’ liability and public liability claims in automotive, manufacturing and utilities. She won the Birmingham Law Society Partner of the Year award in 2014 and was short listed for Businesswoman of the Year the previous year. She chairs the Forum of Insurance Lawyers Public Sector Focus Team and Birmingham Civic Society Ambassadors.
Kathryn Stone, OBE
Kathryn Stone is the chief legal ombudsman in the Legal Ombudsman’s office in Birmingham. She was appointed in January, having been Commissioner for the Independent Police Complaints Commission dealing with complaints against the police service. Before that she was commissioner for victims and survivors of the troubles in Northern Ireland. She was chief executive of Voice UK for 11 years, a charity supporting victims of crime and abuse.