Weightmans promotes first non-lawyer partner after gaining ABS licence

Weightmans has announced the promotion of seven partners, including its first non-lawyer partner, marketing director Sarah-Jane Howitt.

Howitt is promoted to the fixed-share partnership alongside six lawyers from across the firm’s offices and practice areas.

Weightmans became one of only a handful of top-50 firms to gain an ABS licence late last year (23 December 2013). 

The promotions round is substantially larger than last year, when Weightmans made up four partners (1 May 2013). The firm has also promoted 13 lawyers to associate.

The news follows a strong year for Weightmans, which produced record revenue last year with turnover hitting £87m (7 May 2014).

In a statement managing partner John Schorah said: “We recognise a mix of skills is required within our partnership to enable us to meet the market challenges we are facing and our ABS licence has made this year’s promotions even more profound in allowing us to encourage development across business support teams as well as solicitors.”

The firm recently appointed the former chief executive of public sector procurement agency Buying Solutions, Alison Littley, as its first non-executive director (13 March 2014).

Weightmans’ fixed-share partners recently gained extra voting rights following the firm’s decision to ask them to contribute more capital, in response to HM Revenue & Customs’ changes to tax requirements for LLPs (24 March 2014).

The promotions in full:

Andrew Clarke – local government and police, Leicester
Paul Horton – family and private client, Manchester
Euros Jones – regulatory services, London
Jonathan Lanigan – large loss, Manchester
Adrian Le Monnier – local government and police, Birmingham
Jawaid Rehman – employment, Birmingham
Sarah-Jane Howitt – business development, Liverpool