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Expansion of our Business Law team

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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is proud to announce the expansion of its Commercial and Dispute Resolution divisions. This strategic enhancement aligns with their commitment to meet the burgeoning demand for business legal services within the region.

Ian Barnard, Director and Head of Company and Commercial Property, remarked, “In tandem with the unveiling of ‘Our Promise’ and our strategic growth initiatives, it was an opportune moment to bolster the teams dedicated to supporting our business clientele. The addition of three experts to my team and two to the dispute resolution team is poised to make a significant impact.”

The firm is delighted to welcome aboard Richard Wrightson and Kirsty Fairbairn as new legal advisors within the company commercial team. Richard brings nearly a decade of legal expertise, serving a diverse clientele ranging from global corporations to individual entrepreneurs, addressing a spectrum of legal challenges. Kirsty, with her extensive ten-year tenure at both global and regional law firms, is well-versed in a myriad of commercial legalities, including share and asset transactions, business terms drafting, and partnership agreements. Joining them is Emily Darke, who, after completing her traineeship with the firm, has qualified as a solicitor and is now specialising in commercial and agricultural property law, notably supporting their National Farmers Union member legal panel work.

The firm takes pride in currently nurturing 13 trainee solicitors, fostering their professional growth and ensuring a robust succession plan for the teams and the firm at large. Jason McLeod and Alice Higham, the newest additions since May 2024, are currently immersed in their inaugural assignment within the Dispute Resolution team. They collaborate with three seasoned solicitors to provide a comprehensive suite of legal services to individuals and businesses, encompassing commercial and agricultural disputes, director/business partner disagreements, property litigation, debt recovery, employment law, and mediation services.

Duncan Morter, Managing Director, expressed his pride in introducing ‘Our Promise’ stating, “The recent launch of ‘Our Promise’ underscores our unwavering dedication to our clients. This initiative encapsulates three pivotal benefits for both individual and business clients, featuring ‘The Platform’—a proactive tool designed to pre-emptively safeguard our clients from potential issues and complications.

It exemplifies our proactive approach to mitigating the risks faced by individuals, businesses, and their owners. ‘The Platform’ is instrumental in helping our clients circumvent disruptions, delays, and the associated stress and expenses. By engaging with our clients, we aim to fortify their key documents and ensure the completion of any essential paperwork.”

This renewed focus on business legal services signifies the firms increased support and counsel to a growing cadre of business leaders and managers, both regionally and nationally.

With offices in York, Malton, Pickering, and Selby, Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors boasts a rich heritage dating back to the 1820s. The team of nearly 100 professionals is dedicated to delivering specialised legal services to a diverse clientele, encompassing both private individuals and businesses.