Walker Morris appoints head of technology group

Walker Morris appoints head of technology group

Walker Morris has added new partner Sally Mewies to its expanding technology practice.

Mewies is a major lateral hire for the firm and brings significant experience to reinforce and lead its technology group and work closely with its commercial group, led by James Crayton.

She has joined from Gowlings WLG, where she was head of the firm’s telecoms practice and a key partner in its technology group.

Walker Morris said the appointment of Mewies will reinforce the existing technology team’s capabilities, which include technology contracting, corporate mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, data privacy and other regulatory issues, and dispute resolution.

Malcolm Simpson, managing partner at Walker Morris, said: “Having personally worked with Sally previously I am very excited to have the opportunity to do so again. Sally is an outstanding lawyer and one of the most experienced technology and telecoms lawyers nationally. I’ve seen first-hand how she is able to inspire loyalty from both clients and team members alike.”

“Sally’s experience is a great asset to the team and adds significantly to our bench strength in relation to technology and telecoms work, vital areas for all of our clients. Her experience, particularly in the food and drink and retail sectors, compliments our client base and enhances the expertise and experience we are able to offer to our clients. In addition, Sally brings market leading telecoms expertise to the firm.”

Simpson continued: “Technology is playing an increasingly important role in our clients’ day-to-day operations and getting this advice right is critical. Sally’s experience adds significantly to our existing technology capability which is currently spread across commercial, regulatory and litigation teams and which will now be re-focused under Sally’s leadership.”

Mewies added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining Walker Morris. They have superb clients and a talented team of lawyers. Technology is high up the agenda of most businesses these days and I am looking forward to working with the team here to continue the growth of the firm’s technology business.”

The appointment of Mewies comes as Walker Morris invests in technology, both in terms of its client offering and operationally. The firm recently moved to 33 Wellington Street, Leeds, which was the largest professional services relocation in the city for 15 years.

Alongside the move, the firm invested in its IT infrastructure and systems to enable its staff to work more collaboratively and efficiently.

Pictured: Malcolm Simpson, Sally Mewies and James Crayton
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