Law firm makes history as first black senior partner appointed at UK top 100 firm

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South of England-based Moore Barlow has today announced the election of Trevor Sterling as the firm’s new senior partner, which sees him become the first black senior partner at a top 100 law firm.

Trevor joins an executive leadership team already comprising a female chair, Helen Goatley, and the youngest managing partner at appointment, of a UK top 100 law firm, Ed Whittington. In addition, the firm has also promoted family and clinical negligence lawyers Mandy Spring and Victoria Jones to partner.

With more than 37 years’ experience, Trevor is a leading personal injury lawyer specialising in a broad range of serious injury claims, including brain, spinal and serious trauma injuries. He joined Moore Barlow’s legacy firm, Moore Blatch, in 2015 and during his career has led several landmark legal matters, which includes representing victims of the Westminster attack in 2017; families of victims of the Croydon tram crash in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Trevor also acted on behalf of 60 Jimmy Savile child abuse victims, reporting on The Pollard Review and Operation Yewtree investigations.

Alongside his legal work, he is an avid diversity campaigner. He helped to establish the Mary Seacole Trust – a charity that works to promote equality in public and private service – and has held the position of chair since 2016. He has also received industry recognition for his business impact, leadership and contribution to diversity.

Commenting on being elected, Trevor said: “Moore Barlow is an incredible firm with incredible people, and it’s an honour to have been elected as the firm’s first senior partner since merger. In my new role, I will work closely with the partnership as we build a resilient, sustainable and diverse business, and will act as the voice of our people to ensure we continue to build a great place to work and inspire our teams to deliver excellence and passionate support for clients.”

In addition to Trevor’s appointment, Mandy Spring and Victoria Jones have been promoted to partner and will join the 71-strong partnership.

With more than 23 years’ experience, Mandy advises clients in relation to legal aspects at the start and end of their relationships.  This includes divorce and civil partnership dissolution, with particular emphasis on complicated finance matters, such as cases where there are pension and business assets and often an international element is involved.  She also advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. Mandy is a member of Resolution – a network of 6,500 family lawyers that promotes constructive, non-confrontational approaches to dispute resolution.

As a clinical negligence specialist, Victoria focuses on cases of misdiagnosis and surgical errors with particular expertise in neurological and spinal injuries. Throughout her career she has settled claims worth millions to those affected and earlier this year was named one of the Legal 500’s Rising Stars.

Ed Whittington, Managing Partner  at Moore Barlow, added: “Trevor’s appointment is testament to our people-first approach that sits at the heart of Moore Barlow. Together, the executive leadership team embodies our commitment to diversity and inclusion right across the firm. We have huge ambitions for our business and having such passionate, talented and driven people in key positions is essential to realising our goals, whilst continuing to deliver the highest quality and level of service to our clients.”

Moore Barlow was formed following the merger between Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins in May 2020. The firm now employs nearly 500 people with offices in Southampton, Guildford, Woking and Lymington, as well as two locations in London – Richmond and the City.

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