Lysander Law makes two key senior hires

South west-based law firm Lysander Law announces the appointment of two senior hires as it expands its service offering out to commercial dispute resolution and family law.

The firm is joined by ex-Shoosmiths partner Christopher J. Cox as Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, and former The Co-operative Legal Services solicitor Julia Sacco as Family Law Solicitor.

Cox and Sacco are appointed with the remit of building their own departments at Lysander Law, which is one of the fastest growing law firms in the region. The firm has also recently relocated to new premises in the South West’s legal hub, Bristol.

Cox joins with 40 years’ experience in commercial dispute resolution and mediation. His previous roles include Partner at UK firm Shoosmiths and in-house solicitor at Lafarge Aggregates Limited.

He was also previously appointed as an Independent Complaints Investigator by the Civil Mediation Council and holds a Certificate in Advanced Negotiation from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Cox has previously written about his specialist area ‘Getting a Successful Outcome at Mediation’ published in the Journal of Arbitration 1999.

He said: “I am privileged to join Lysander at such a crucial and exciting stage in its development. Lysander is a commercially driven business structure law firm with a broad remit and I am looking forward to the challenge of heading and building the commercial dispute resolution department.

“I am also tremendously excited about being back in Bristol which has developed into a legal city to rival anywhere else in the UK. I took Law exams here back in the 70s and it is incredible to witness how the city and its legal sector has flourished.”

Sacco joins with over ten years’ experience in family law and personal injury at Cardiff-based Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice and The Co-operative Legal Services.

She specialises in litigation and complex areas of child law such as representing parents of children being re-located, at risk of abduction, and parents of children known to the Local Authority. She has also studied counselling and is able to offer a supportive, proactive approach to clients.

She said: “It is a great opportunity to head the new Family Law Department at a forward-thinking modern firm like Lysander Law.

“I believe Lysander’s progressive and professional nature aligns with what one would expect from a law firm, whether as employee or client.

“My role will involve working with clients at a very difficult time in their lives so I want to ensure separation does not have to be as negative as it can be, and that the outcome is the best possible outcome for the parties involved.”

She added: “The firm has already made a name for itself in a relatively short period of time and withstood the pandemic. With its exceptional growth and resilience, I’m looking forward to developing the firm’s Family Law offering.”

Rhiannon Cambrook-Woods, Managing Director of Lysander Law, said: “Lysander Law has gone from strength to strength in the last few years, and the launch and development of our Commercial Dispute Resolution and Family Law departments will continue this upward trajectory. I am delighted to welcome both Chris and Julia to the team, bringing with them a wealth of experience and a passion for helping those in need.”

Lysander Law specialises in personal and complex injury, family law, clinical negligence, dispute resolution, and financial, commercial, and insolvency litigation.