Partner promotion for local West Midlands businesswoman


Local businesswoman, Lianne Payne, has recently been promoted to partner at Askews Legal LLP, a leading Legal 500 firm based in the West Midlands.

Heading up the Employment Law division, Lianne has worked at the company since 2014, when it incorporated her previous business DeMarco Solicitors.

Working tirelessly over the last eight years, Lianne has made a big impact and brought an employment law specialism to Askews that had previously been missing. She has also revolutionised the company’s HR policies, being instrumental in bringing in ‘hybrid working’, enabling all staff to employ a greater work-life balance; ultimately boosting morale and increasing turnover.

A supportive, flexible working environment

Lianne said:

“It’s a real honour to be made a partner at Askews. To play a major role in such a forward-thinking company is fantastic. It’s such a fast-paced and demanding business we’re in, and as a mum-of-two, working for a more traditional ‘9 to 5’ company just wouldn’t be possible, especially at partner level.”

Lianne has previously held the position of partner at DeMarco Solicitors but had to make the decision to step back from the role due to family commitments, something which is all too common for women working in this industry.

Lianne continued:

“The support provided by the whole team at Askews has enabled me to progress in my career and become partner once again. Being able to find the right balance between work and home commitments while doing a demanding job that I love is testament to the company’s flexibility. I can’t wait to get started in my role and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Alongside her day-to-day work, Lianne also finds time to deliver topical employment law seminars to the firm's clients, HR professionals and external organisations, as well as being invited to speak as a guest lecturer on employment law at some of the region's Universities.

Pritpal Chahal, Practice Manager and Solicitor at Askews, added:

“To have someone with Lianne’s expertise working for the company is a real boost. Since she started with us she has been a vital part of our growth structure. Making her a partner in the company was a natural progression for us and one that we’re very excited about.”

Askews Legal LLP is a Lexcel accredited and leading Legal 500 law firm guiding its clients through all of their legal needs across Coventry and Warwickshire. To find out more, visit Askews’ website, email or call 02476 231 000.