National law firm Simpson Millar has announced the launch of a dedicated public law team in Leeds which will be led by Patricia Cannon who joins the firm as partner with immediate effect.
Patricia brings more than 15 years’ experience from her background as a specialist in public law children cases. Joining from Henry Hyams Solicitors, she has been tasked with creating a specialised national care team at Simpson Millar dedicated to the representation of children and other family members in child protection matters.
The firm has also announced the appointment of Lidia Foster who joins as an assistant aolicitor from Ison Harrison, where she worked predominantly on public law children cases. She will be supporting Patricia at Simpson Millar to set up the specialised team in Leeds.
The announcement comes amidst further expansion of the Public Law Division across the country, including appointments in both Manchester and Bristol, and forms part of Simpson Millar’s ongoing commitment to investment in its people as part of its ambitious £50m investment growth strategy which was announced last year.
Imogen Jolley, Simpson Millar’s national head of public law, said: “This is a very exciting period of growth for the Public Law team at Simpson Millar, and for the firm as a whole, which has invested heavily in ensuring that we are best placed to meet the growing and ever changing needs of our clients.
“This latest raft of appointments further complements our existing offering, and ensures that we have a stronger presence in a growing number of regions in order to provide support and Public Law expertise to those in need.
“Patricia and Lidia, in their own ways, bring a wealth of experience to the table – both through their educational journey, and their careers to date – and they are exactly the calibre of legal professionals we are looking to add to our team at this time.
“Appointing a stellar team is a key facet of our growth strategy, and we are pleased to be able to expand our client offering across the country to provide specialist support to more people who need it; and particularly the establishment of a new public law team in Leeds which will provide specialised support for families involved in child protection matters in the region.”
Patricia said: “I am excited to join the team at such a pivotal period, and am looking forward to being a part of strengthening the firm’s reputation in the Public Law division to enable Simpson Millar to continue on its growth trajectory.”