Midland law firm Harvey Ingram has unveiled a string of appointments including two partners from rival city firms in what it has described as an ‘aggressive expansion plan’ in Birmingham.
Two new partners and three solicitors have joined the firm to underpin the firm’s wealth management offering.
All five will be based at Edmund House in Newhall Street, where a total of 300 people are employed.
New partner Andrew Breakwell joins from rival firm Clarke Willmott to head Harvey Ingram’s family law team.
The divorce and family specialist, who sits on Resolution’s national accreditation committee and is a qualified collaborative lawyer, is one of three top lawyers who have moved on from Clarke Wilmott along with Simon Bradley and property specialist Kathy Toon.
Mr Breakwell has brought his immediate team with him to the Harvey Ingram, including family solicitors Charlotte Fuller and Janine Harding.
New trusts and probate partner Simon Vaile, has joined from George Green, which has offices in Temple Row and Cradley Heath.
He has nearly 20 years’ experience and specialises in estate planning and wills. He is secretary to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ Birmingham committee.
Harvey Ingram’s expanding commercial property team in Birmingham, has also been boosted with the arrival of solicitor Jasdeep Virk.
She joins from Clifford Chance, where she developed her expertise in the property sector.
At the same time, Harvey Ingram has also recruited business development director Tim Percival, who joins the firm from Nabarro.
He previously held high-level posts at Irwin Mitchell, Keoghs and Shoosmiths.
IT development manager Claire Payne has joined to spearhead Harvey Ingram’s investment in new operating systems.
Managing partner Simon Astill said: “We are absolutely delighted with these key hires – and there’s more in the pipeline. They are all high-calibre appointments with exceptional reputations that reflect Harvey Ingram’s ambition and vision. The commitment and investment in our expanded wealth management offering is especially timely as it’s proving to be a huge growth area for us.”
Meanwhile, Harvey Ingram has advised the management team of a sheet metal engineering company on a buy-out. The part-owner and operations director of Carlton Laser Services – Mohan Jassi – led the deal for an undisclosed sum.
Mr Jassi, who has been with the company for 15 years, bought out Carlton’s majority-owner and managing director Dennis Kent.
The deal comes after a £1.4 million investment in new plant and machinery during the past two years.
Roy Botterill, head of corporate at Harvey Ingram, oversaw the MBO.
He said: “Carlton Laser clearly dispels the myth that manufacturing no longer exists in the UK.
“It’s an extremely efficient, competitive and well-run business that will continue to be at the forefront of its industry. It also typifies the sort of company that will help lead the country out of recession.”