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Switalskis announces bumper promotion round

By Ruth Coneron

Published In: Switalskis News

Switalskis has promoted 21 people across 10 of its departments as part of its latest promotions round.

Photo of associates and senior associates promoted in January 2024

Recognising talent within the law firm, Switalskis has promoted 7 people to senior associate and 14 to associate positions. The promotions come on the heels of the successful integration of Switalskis’ acquired businesses, Pryers and Atherton Godfrey, marking a significant milestone in its expansion.

Switalskis’ clinical negligence department leads the way with the firm’s largest number of promotions. The team’s senior associate promotions include Clare Gooch, Linda Smith and Sian Stevens. Burhan Akhtar, Claire Garrity, Hannah Cazaly, Helena Tindall, Jonathan Gray and Sadie Simpson have been promoted to associate within the team.

People in the firm’s child abuse compensation; child care; commercial property; costs; Court of Protection; IT; personal injury; risk and compliance; and special projects teams have also been recognised. George Lockley, Katrina Elsey, Ryan Dhinsa and Sarah Wildey have been promoted to senior associate. Danielle Smithurst, Emily Park, Kaz Skutenko Jones, Louise Haywood, Robyn Mayoh, Ros Raine, Samantha Follows and Samantha Kinder-Naylor have been promoted to associate.

Ruth Coneron, who is chair of Switalskis’ successful Career Development Programme, says: “We believe in going beyond the conventional to create an environment that is supportive, balanced and nurtures growth. Our Career Development Programme supports this and brings clarity, structure and transparency to the promotion process. We are proud to see these 21 brilliant people further advance in their careers.”

Switalskis’ managing director John Durkan says: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our people recognised for their talent. We set the bar high and these people demonstrate absolute dedication and play a significant role in our success. I’m excited to see their continued contributions further enhance our reputation and ability to best support clients when they need it most.”

Picture shows: Switalskis’ newly promoted associates and senior associates with Switalskis director and chair of its Career Development Programme, Ruth Coneron (third from left).

Back row:  Jonathan Gray, Sian Stevens, Burhan Akhtar

Step down from back row:  Hannah Cazaly,  Claire Garrity,  Ros Raine

Front row:  Danielle Smithurst, Ryan Dhinsa, Ruth Coneron, Samantha Follows, Sadie Simpson, Samantha Kinder-Naylor, Louise Haywood, Kaz Skutenko Jones, Katrina Elsey, Sarah Wildey, Emily Park, Robyn Mayoh

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Ruth has 25 years’ experience.  She is a Director at Switalskis and is Head of our Child Care law team.

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