Birmingham law firm Hammonds has added some pep to its dispute resolution and corporate teams by appointing two new partners at its Birmingham office.
Simon Garbett is joining the dispute resolution team on August 17 from Pinsent Masons in Birmingham where he acted for public sector and corporate clients on major disputes. Christian Lowis, a senior associate in the corporate department, is being promoted to the partnership from November 1.
Mr Garbett has worked for a number of local authority and other public sector organisations, including universities and other educational bodies and NHS Trusts. He has handled a wide range of work for the public sector including procurement and PFI disputes, warranty claims, document and risk management.
He has also acted for corporate clients on a variety of disputes in the automotive, banking, energy, manufacturing and service sectors.
He said: “I am looking forward to playing a part in consolidating the firm’s excellent public and private sector offering and leading the vibrant team of talented dispute resolution lawyers that are based in the city.”
Mr Lowis is a public equity and merger and acquisitions specialist. He joined Hammonds in 2006 and has advised on a number of large regional deals including the £255 million sale of Ainscough Crane Hire, the £40 m sale of Bristol Street Group Limited to Vertu Motors, Claimar Care Group’s £33 m acquisition of Complete Care Group and the recommended takeovers of Fountains, Fayrewood, TripleArc and Universal Salvage.
The pair are the latest senior lawyers to join the Hammonds partnership in Birmingham following the promotion to the partnership of pensions lawyer Sarah Franklin on May 1.
The appointments come as the £10 m refurbishment of Hammonds’ Birmingham office enters its final phase. The project is due to be completed in the Autumn when the firm’s 200 staff and extensive client base in the city will benefit from a raft of enhancements including a ground floor café, an executive lounge and a new double-height entrance to the building. The office is also undergoing a complete exterior facelift.
Ian Forrest, who heads Hammonds’ Birmingham office, said: “Simon and Christian have a tremendous amount of experience and expertise which will add value to the services we offer our clients. Simon has a strong track record in handling disputes in the public and private sectors, which will add depth to the firm’s current capability.”
“Christian is an exceptionally talented lawyer whom we hold in very high regard. His promotion will enable us to develop and grow our corporate finance presence in the Midlands market.”