A “Hot 100” corporate lawyer has joined a Warwickshire firm with the aim of making his department the best in the Midlands.
Steven Janes has joined Wright Hassall in Leamington Spa from Sherrards in St Albans as a partner in the corporate department.
Steven, who has appeared in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 Lawyers list, is a specialist in corporate finance and has worked for three of the world’s largest law firms in London, Paris and Hong Kong. He has worked on projects for Disneyland Paris, BSkyB and The Channel Tunnel.
He is aiming to help enhance Wright Hassall’s reputation in specialist areas such as business finance and financial services.
“There’s a misconception that if you need important financial work doing then you need to use a ‘big city’ firm – but that’s not the case when firms like ours are available,” Mr Janes said.
“One of the reasons I am excited about this role is its more personal nature. In the City, I worked for some very important clients who I never actually met – now I can deal with big clients face-to-face and tailor the service to their needs.”
“Our ambition is to grow and become the first choice for businesses across the Midlands. The team here is very strong and this is a very exciting challenge for me.”
The Birmingham University graduate is the latest appointment made by the Olympus Avenue-based firm to expand its expertise in the area.
Peter Beddoes, managing partner at 200-strong Wright Hassall, said: “Steven brings a superb skills set to the firm which will help us move towards our potential as a top Midlands law firm.”