Talent recognised through raft of promotions at Bristol law firm

Law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has confirmed a number of senior promotions across its UK offices, including two new partners, one legal director and one associate in the firm’s Bristol office.

Jo Martin and Tom Caplen were both promoted to partner. Jo is an employment lawyer advising a range of clients on all aspects of employment law including discrimination, whistle-blowing, redundancy, parental rights, corporate transactions and employee terminations. Tom works in the firm’s banking team advising clients in the financial institution and real estate sectors on a broad range of finance transactions. Tom trained and qualified as a solicitor at WBD in 2008.

Janice Cowley, in the private client team, was promoted to legal director. Janice specialises in residential conveyancing, commercial property and agricultural property transactions.

Finally, Sam Pearson was promoted to the role of associate. Sam works in the real estate team and advises clients on all aspects of commercial property transactions.

The good news in Bristol is part of a wider raft of promotions across WBD’s offices in the UK with 31 promotions including seven partners, four legal directors and 20 associates.

Jonathan Blair, UK managing partner at WBD, commented: “Congratulations to all of our new partners, legal directors and associates, who have all made fantastic contributions to our business. Their hard work, commitment to the firm and first rate legal expertise deserves to be recognised and celebrated.”

“The career development opportunities of our people continues to be a high priority and these promotions signify an important investment in the future of our firm.”

The promotions bring the total number of UK partners at WBD to 132 and follow a number of senior hires across the firm with new partners James Radcliffe (private client, Bristol), Kathryn Wood (real estate, Leeds), Deborah Ramshaw (public sector, Newcastle), Jessica Tresham (construction, London and Southampton), Will Ford (private client, London) and Paul Mason (real estate, Edinburgh) joining the firm in the past few months.