Five senior Bristol hires strengthen Ashfords growing UK offer

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UK law firm Ashfords has made five senior hires to its Bristol office strengthening its offer to clients across the firm’s commercial, real estate and private wealth divisions.  

The new hires bring the total number of lawyers based in Bristol to well over 100 lawyers and trainees and adds further weight to the firm’s business risk & regulatory, environmental, corporate, property disputes and trusts & estates legal capabilities. The new arrivals also add to the firm’s sector experience in energy, healthcare, homes & regeneration and technology. 

The new hires include:

Environmental lawyer Paul Collins joins the firm's business risk and regulation team, bringing extensive experience from his time working for Defra, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Environment Agency as well as in private practice. Paul joins as a senior associate.

Corporate lawyer and Legal 500 ‘rising star’ Laura Guest joins the firm’s expanding corporate team with considerable experience advising on corporate transactions and other related company law matters. Laura’s arrival is the fourth new corporate team hire since the start of the year. Laura joins as a senior associate. 

Trusts & estates lawyers Ruth Mason and Rachel Bufton join the firm's private wealth team, bringing extensive experience advising on private client matters including estate planning, complex will drafting, the creation and management of trusts, and estate related tax planning. Ruth joins as a senior associate and Rachel joins as an associate. 

Property disputes lawyer Victoria Howlett joins Ashfords' property disputes team as a professional support lawyer bringing over ten years' of experience in ensuring legal teams are up-to-date with the latest legal developments so that they can deliver a consistently outstanding service for clients.  

Ashfords' corporate partner and Bristol Head, Jocelyn Ormond, commented: 

"We continue to invest in our Bristol office as part of the firm’s overall UK growth strategy, drawing on the legal expertise here in the city to build a strong and collaborative team entirely focused on delivering outstanding legal services. It’s fantastic to see the office go from strength to strength with new senior lawyer hires bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to further develop the support that we can give our clients."

The firm’s Bristol office is one of four UK offices for Ashfords including Exeter, London and Plymouth. The firm also supports clients with their international legal needs through leading international network ADVOC. Recent Bristol partner hires include Private Wealth Partner Mike Westbrook, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner Melissa George and Dispute Resolution Partner Tom Llewellyn. The firm also recently welcomed financial services regulatory senior lawyer Oliver Woodhouse.

Ashfords are valued legal partners to a wide range of corporate, public and private clients across the UK and internationally; counted on by clients to get the right result whether that’s delivering commercial objectives, protecting family assets, making investments or solving disputes.

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