Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Regional Heavyweight Looking Forward with Great Confidence

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Regional Heavyweight Looking Forward with Great Confidence

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NAMED as a regional heavyweight, North East law firm Hay & Kilner has once again received myriad recommendations in The Legal 500 and will continue investing in its future and developing its range of expertise in the coming months as it targets on-going expansion.

Manned by what The Legal 500 calls "excellent" and "outstanding" teams, sectors such as corporate finance, commercial property, private capital, employment law, insolvency and construction have all performed strongly at the Newcastleheadquartered business over the last 12 months.

Hay & Kilner's senior partner Martin Soloman, who leads the firm's dispute resolution services, is "highly regarded by clients" for his work in commercial litigation, intellectual property, IT and telecoms.

He has seen Hay & Kilner double in size and build up a 160-strong workforce over the last decade.

He commented: "Our recognition in this year's Legal 500 demonstrates that we have a spread of genuinely experienced experts across a large range of work. Our strength lies in the diversification of our business.

"It's important for us to continue to make the right quality of investment in the future and we are confident that our plans for the year ahead will play a major role in continuing our successful growth and development."

Two partner-level appointments have strengthened the firm's commercial property and private capital capabilities and take the number of partners at the organisation to 26.

"One of the most prominent private capital solicitors in the region, Alison Hall, joined the firm bringing with her a high level of expertise in wealth management which directly compliments Hay & Kilner's offering.

"She "excels in her advice on tax and trusts".

In the commercial property sector, another key player in the North East's legal circle, Richard Freeman-Wallace, joined as a partner in what The Legal 500 describes as a "strong" commercial property team which includes Paul Taylor and Nicola Tiffen, who is rated as an "extremely efficient specialist". With the full complement of this year's qualifying trainee solicitors being retained, the firm continues with a busy graduate recruitment programme to further develop its talent pool. …

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