Law firm Thomas Horton, which has offices in Bromsgrove and Barnt Green, has announced the appointment of four new partners.

John Fisher (real estate and commercial), Richard Hull (crime), Fiona Lawson-Hughes (family) and Jeff Taylor (corporate & commercial) join Matthew Horton and Graham Morgan to bring the firm’s total number of partners to six.

Mr Taylor joined the firm nearly 12 months ago, following a number of years working as a corporate lawyer for Eversheds in Birmingham, to lead the firm’s corporate and commercial services. The other three new partners have been with Thomas Horton for 10 years.

Matthew Horton, whose great-great grandfather established the firm almost 150 years ago, said: “These appointments represent a significant development for Thomas Horton in planning for the future and ensuring that development strategies are in place. Commenting on the announcement,

“The appointments reflect the huge contribution John, Richard, Fiona and Jeff have already made to the firm. All four have built strong reputations, with very strong client bases within their specialist areas, and are ambitious to grow Thomas Horton over the coming years.

“As a firm we recognise how important it is to secure the continuation and growth of our business, and to position ourselves to become a leading player in our chosen markets.

“I am confident that we are in well placed to seize the opportunities to extend the practice and respond positively to the significant shifts taking place in how legal services are delivered.”

Other milestones for Thomas Horton over the last year and a half include opening an office in Barnt Green, launched by Lord Digby Jones, and being recognised for the third year running in the Legal 500 ‘Who’s Who’ directory of UK law firms.

They were also nominated for the being nominated for the Birmingham Law Society 2010 ‘Law firm of the year’ awards, in the category for best law firm with five to 15 partners.