Napthens’ Liverpool team grows rapidly

Leading north-west corporate and commercial law firm Napthens has welcomed four new hires to its rapidly growing Liverpool office, which has grown headcount by 20 per cent in the last twelve months.

Arriving as a legal director in the firm’s commercial property team, Jane Janvier will lead the team in expanding its offering across Liverpool, supporting Tony Coates, head of commercial property for Merseyside, across the city region.

Janvier brings a wealth of experience working with banks and financial institutions, property developers and property investors. Her specialisms lie in providing commercial property advice to lenders in connection with secured lending, and to landlords and tenants on the grant of leases of commercial property.

She trained at Shoosmiths and has worked in the region ever since most recently with Hill Dickinson from 2012, prior to joining Napthens.

Sophie Fulwell joins as a senior associate solicitor in the firm’s employment, HR and health & safety team. She brings her experience in delivering strategic advice on employee exits, particularly those involving senior employees, as well as HR projects such as redundancies, restructures, and outsourcing arrangements.  In addition, Sophie has a wealth of experience in day-to-day HR matters. 

On the contentious side, Fulwell will utilise her experience in dealing with intricate disputes between employers and their workers, including complex tribunal claims related to whistleblowing, constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination. Prior to joining Napthens, she held senior positions at Weightmans and Fieldfisher in Manchester.

The Liverpool team has also welcomed Nadya Panayi as a solicitor in the residential conveyancing team. Panayi will support Liverpool’s head of residential conveyancing, Gareth Jones, to develop the firm’s residential conveyancing offering across the city region.

Harrison Robe-Quinn completes the spate of new hires, joining the firm’s wills and estate planning team.

The significant growth of the Liverpool office mirrors exceptional growth across the wider firm, which includes a successful year of dealmaking for its corporate team which was ranked as the second most active legal advisor by Experian Market IQ for the first half of 2023 and has again been shortlisted for a number of awards.

Kieran Donovan, corporate partner and head of Napthens Liverpool office, said, “Growth within our Liverpool office serves as a key pillar in Napthens’ strategy to establish itself as one of the most innovative and fastest-growing law firms across the north-west, and attracting the best talent is central to that.

“The new appointments clearly demonstrate we are recruiting exceptional talent and growing our city region offering, region and this continued growth will lead to moving to a new larger office in 2024.

“The Liverpool team is increasingly recognised for the quality of the work it does and the clients and intermediaries it supports. The talent we have been able to attract is testament to what we are building locally serving our city region client base, and indeed across the wider firm.

“Jane, Sophie, Nadya and Harrison will all play a key role in expanding the depth and breadth of our capabilities across a number of key service lines and I am delighted to have them onboard.”

Image: (L-R) Harrison Robe-Quinn, Jane Janvier, Kieran Donovan, Sophie Fulwell, and Nadya Panayi

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