Bronwyn Wheeler, Joseph Young and Max Wayman of Clarion.
Jane Imrie

This week's Yorkshire appointments

Bronwyn Wheeler, Max Wayman and Joseph Young, Clarion

Clarion has appointed Bronwyn Wheeler, Max Wayman and Joseph Young as solicitors following their qualification.

Bronwyn has joined the family team and Max has qualified into the employment team. Joseph is set to qualify into the business restructuring and insolvency team from December 1.

Bronwyn completed a Law LLB from the University of York before going on to BPP Law School in Leeds for her legal practice course.

Max has an LLB Law from University of Hull and studied international and european law at University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, before undertaking a legal practice course and MSc in law, business and management at the University of Law in Leeds, and then working for Clarion as a paralegal for two years.

After completing a Law LLB at Edge Hill University, Joseph undertook a Legal Practice LLM at BPP University.

Martin Grange, partner, who is heading up the trainee programme at Clarion, commented: “Our focus on bringing on board new talent and supporting young lawyers as they develop their careers with us, remains a key tenet of the Clarion vision.

“We are proud to once again be offering our trainees permanent NQ positions with us and know they will make a valuable contribution to the firm and to our clients.”

Shaun Davison, Garbutt + Elliott Wealth Management

Wealth management firm Garbutt + Elliott Wealth Management has appointed Shaun Davison as financial planner.

With 13 years of experience in the industry, Shaun joins the firm from Cowgills Wealth where he was a financial planning director, with specialist knowledge in a range of areas including pensions, investments, protection, and tax planning.

Prior to this, Shaun worked as an independent financial advisor at Barlow Barton IFA, Horbury Financial Services and started his career at Abbey (now Santander).

Shaun will work closely with the firm’s team of financial planners to provide an integrated wealth management service to enable clients to organise their financial affairs and have an investment strategy tailored to their objectives.

Rob Simpson, managing director for Garbutt + Elliott Wealth Management, commented: “This is an exciting time for our team as we enjoy a period of rapid growth… Shaun is a great addition– he is very knowledgeable and highly respected, strengthening our existing team.”

Shaun added: “I am delighted to join G+E Wealth Management and look forward to working with clients across the region to provide bespoke financial planning advice.

“As we continue to navigate unprecedented times it is more important than ever to seek professional advice and at G+E Wealth Management we offer a fully joined up and personalised service to meet our clients’ diverse financial planning needs.”

Kirsty Foster-Jennings, Cognito

Technology and learning specialist Cognito has appointed Kirsty Foster-Jennings as strategy director.

Kirsty brings a range of experience to Cognito, with previous roles at a leading learning provider as well as time at an organisation that develops leadership courses for directors working in children’s services.

In her new role, Kirsty will oversee and formalise company processes and support structures. She will also work with Cognito’s team to successfully integrate new clients and help shape the business moving forward.

Managing director, Mike Routledge, said: “Kirsty has worked in learning and development for the last 10 years and is experienced in helping organisations of all sizes deliver effective outcomes using learning tools.

“She is joining us at an exciting time following major contract wins from a national charity, a technology supplier to the shipping industry and several significant organisations within the financial services sector.

“There’s no doubt Kirsty has the experience to further enhance our processes and understanding of our customers’ requirements as we continue to grow.”

Kirsty added: “Cognito has quickly grown into one of the most effective learning and development tools to aid knowledge retention, through its use of AI and other innovative technology, and can be moulded to be effective across all types of job roles and industries.

“It’s already making a truly measurable difference to organisations and their employees across all sectors. All this combines to make this an inspiring career move for me.”

Alastair James, Thomas Jagger, Eve Sellens, Holly Dale and Nicole Natur, Ramsdens

Ramsdens has appointed Alastair James and Thomas Jagger, Eve Sellens, Holly Dale and Nicole Natur as newly qualified (NQ) solicitors.

Alastair James and Thomas Jagger will be part of the firm’s private client team in Halifax, Eve and Holly will join the company’s commercial property arm Huddersfield, and Nicole will work in the employment division at Huddersfield.

Commenting on her appointment, Nicole said: “I am very proud and looking forward to progressing my career and enhancing my skills with Ramsdens. I’d also like to thank the trainee team for being so hugely supportive throughout the last two years.”

Natalie Lang, trainee solicitor mentor for the firm, explained: “At Ramsdens we firmly believe our people are our greatest assets and this is reflected in the time and care we invest in our trainees.

“Career development is important to us and where possible we aim to tailor the training provided, to reflect the interests and ambitions of our candidates, to help develop them into the lawyers they aspire to be. I wish all our NQs good luck.”

Managing partner Paul Joyce added: “I’m excited to welcome our NQs into their new roles across our business and wish them every success in their chosen teams.”

Caroline Ackroyd, Jaywing

Data specialist marketing agency Jaywing has appointed Caroline Ackroyd as chief financial officer.

Formerly CFO at Push Doctor, a provider of online GP services, Caroline holds a range of experience in technology-based companies. She has also held senior finance positions at Sky Betting & Gaming and Coral Interactive.

Caroline will sit on the board leading the business’ finances, reporting directly to chief executive officer Andrew Fryatt.

Caroline commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining a company that’s so well respected in the industry.

“With world-class AI technology and expertise in data science, alongside its background in digital search and performance marketing, Jaywing is unique in its offering to the market.

“The industry-leading work that Jaywing does speaks for itself and I am excited to be part of this story.”

Commenting on the recent appointment, Jaywing CEO, Andrew Fryatt added: “Caroline has a proven track record with some of this country’s biggest companies and we are so pleased to welcome her to the team.

“Caroline brings invaluable experience to her role and we are looking forward to seeing her impact at Jaywing.”

Kanika Sohpal, Schofield Sweeney

Law firm Schofield Sweeney has appointed Kanika Sohpal as a partner in its private wealth and succession team.

Kanika Sohpal returns to Schofield Sweeney, having spent three years at Clarion. Her specialist knowledge is in wealth protection and succession planning, with a particular focus on acting for business owners and high net worth individuals in order to protect a client’s wealth for them and their family.

Kanika’s knowledge also extends to dealing with the administration of high value and complex estates, particularly those with foreign assets and cross border issues.

Kanika Sohpal, partner at Schofield Sweeney, commented: “I am delighted to return to Schofield Sweeney as a partner. Schofield Sweeney has always had a great reputation in the market as one of the leading providers of legal services for business clients and high net worth individuals.

“I am joining the firm at an exciting time of growth and expansion, which is unusual for many firms in this strange and uncertain period.

“This is a testament to the firm’s strong position during this time and its determination to continue to deliver clear legal advice and outstanding client service.”

John Feaster, partner at Schofield Sweeney, added: “I am delighted to welcome Kanika back to our team.

“Kanika is a fantastic addition to our private wealth and succession offering, a lawyer of the highest calibre joining our dynamic team at a time of significant opportunity and growth.”

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