Backing talent from trainee to partner promotions


Two new partners lead the promotions round at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, with a range of other moves up the ladder, including nine newly-qualified solicitors, across the firm’s nine offices in the Midlands, Wales, the South West and South East.

Along with 30 trainees undertaking their professional development across HCR, the firm is growing and recognising talent and commitment at every level.

Rebecca Kirk of the firm’s employment team in Hereford and Nick Gova of the family law team in London became partners. In Cheltenham, Louisa Leach (corporate) and Lauren McGurk (wills, trusts and estates) were promoted to senior associate, along with Joe Mulrenan (corporate) in Worcester and Jane Erlam (wills, trusts and estates) in Hereford.

Catherine Jackson in the Wye Valley and Harpreet Kaur in Worcester, both from the employment team, along with James Morgan and Paul Watkins of the education team in Cheltenham, become associates. Stephanie Hallett becomes a senior HR advisor for HCR’s sister company Eagle HR.

Newly-qualified solicitors Sahar Ali, Olivia Brooks, Sally Caldicott, Rory Ford, Gurinder Hayer, Louisa Jones, Kim Langford, Susannah May and Carris Peacey take up their new status, and 30 trainees, across all disciplines and the firm’s nine offices, are already working their way towards that position.

Rod Thomas, the firm’s managing partner, said:

“I cannot think of a better time to nurture talent within the firm – I congratulate all those who have been promoted and I look forward to seeing all their careers continue to develop with us.”

Rachel Turner, training principal for HCR, said:

“We are passionate about developing talent at HCR and recognise that when selecting our trainees we are really selecting HCR’s future partners. So we make sure our training programme covers everything that our clients expect from their lawyers … the best.”

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 500 staff and partners based at offices in Worcester, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, the Wye Valley, the Thames Valley, Birmingham, Cambridge and Cardiff, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.