Thu 04 January 2018
2017 has been a year of dynamic change for one of the North West’s fastest-growing law firms, MSB Solicitors, and it is ending the year on a high with the recruitment of a leading employment lawyer.
Christopher Hayes joins MSB from another Liverpool firm, Morecrofts, and further strengthens the commercial team following other high profile appointments earlier this year.
An expert in both employment and HR law, Christopher has extensive experience representing both employees and employers. He particularly enjoys working on settlement agreements for people who are leaving a business and has conducted advocacy in employment tribunals on multiple occasions.
He joins the commercial team at MSB that was already bolstered by the arrival of solicitor Andy Matthias in the firms private client team and Phillip Coburn, who joined the department as an associate solicitor.
Partner in MSBs commercial team, Mark Forman, says: “Chris’s appointment is a significant one for the firm, as it will enable us to work more closely with our existing clients across a broader scope of services, but also gives us a competitive edge in attracting new commercial clients in the city
“Chris’s experience will also be of huge benefit to a programme of seminars and campaigns we have planned in the new year. Chris has an excellent reputation and I’ve every confidence will be a valuable addition to the team.”
This has been a record-breaking year for MSB, which started 2017 with the relocation of its city centre headquarters from Silkhouse Court to No 4 St Paul’s Square. In the summer it revealed record-breaking financial results, smashing through the £5m turnover barrier for the first time in its history.
The practice has also scooped a string of awards during 2017 most recently celebrating successes at the Livercool Awards and the National Family Law Awards in London’s South Bank. Additionally, the firm was once again praised in the Legal 500 for its expertise in crime and family law.
Early in the year it was announced that five new partners were to join the firm - Brad Armstrong, Hayley Catherall, Paul Gallagher, Nicola Harris and Emma Palmer.
And, in the last six months, MSB have appointed 13 new people into the business, including Christopher Hayes. The other 12 are conveyancing executive, Esme Poulter; trainee solicitors Michelle Hamilton-Graney and Katie Camozzi; legal apprentices Daniel Powell, Millie Dodd, and Emma Kowe; legal assistants Jessica Irons, Karen Manning and Joe Birley; locum Judith Bell; and on reception Pat Michaels and Stephanie Connor.
Change at the top
In the last few weeks MSB has also announced that managing partner and co-founder of the firm, Paul Bibby, is to retire from the role in March 2018. He will be replaced by partner and current head of the family department, Emma Carey.
Mr Bibby said: “We’ve always said MSB is a firm that does things differently and we have seen over the past couple of years how that fresh and dynamic approach has paid huge dividends.
“The financial performance is obviously an important measure and we are delighted to have exceeded the £5m turnover mark but, our success is about much more than that.
“When I retire in March I leave a firm with a happy and highly-motivated team and a client base that returns to us time and time again and I am immensely proud to have played a role in creating that.”
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