Shadbolts boosts London office with four partners

Surrey firm Shadbolt & Co has hired two new partners and restructured its corporate group in response to increased client demand at its London office.

Michelle Baldock joins the firm’s Reigate office as a property partner from Brighton firm DMH. She joins Sean Ryan and becomes the firm’s second property partner.

Caroline Abrey joins the corporate/commercial group from Stevens Drake in Crawley, where she was also a partner.

Shadbolts, founded 10 years ago, now has 26 partners, including newly promoted Kate Matthews in commercial litigation and Tim Ball in corporate/commercial.

Head of corporate Andrew Trotter says: “Gaining four partners in one go is a significant growth for us and we plan to continue selective expansion. We originally specialised in construction, but that’s changed over the last five years. We’re now a specialist firm focusing on different areas, including corporate, property, IT and e-commerce.”

The new appointments coincide with the move of corporate partner Ian Craig from the Reigate practice to the firm’s London office at St Paul’s. Craig will be the firm’s first corporate partner to be based in London permanently. The office was launched just 18 months ago, and since then the firm has seen increasing corporate instructions spinning off from the firm’s construction and projects work in London.

Craig will be servicing those clients and developing Shadbolts’ corporate practice.

Existing corporate clients of the firm include motor agents and engineers Caffyns, software company Watson Wyatt Systems and education website Schoolsnet.

Shadbolts is also working on further international expansion to add to its offices in Paris and Hong Kong. Last month, it became only the third law firm to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its achievement in international trade (The Lawyer, 23 April).