Lupton Fawcett names new head of agricultural team

Lupton Fawcett has promoted Caroline Hawcroft to head of its agricultural team in York.

Hawcroft, who joined the firm in September 2018, is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Society and sits on the Agricultural Law Association’s committee for Yorkshire.

On her appointment, Hawcroft said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role, heading up the agricultural team at Lupton Fawcett. The team is made up of some fantastic legal specialists, with expertise across all agricultural sectors, including property, litigation and private client work.”

She specialises in agricultural and rural property work, where her expertise covers a range of matters, including complex and high-value sales and purchases, and preparing tenancy agreements and sporting rights.

Jonathan Moore, head of commercial property in York, added: “Caroline prides herself on getting the best outcome for her clients, and takes a commercial and pragmatic approach. She is a real asset to Lupton Fawcett and we look forward to continuing to work together, delivering real added value for our agricultural clients.”

Lupton Fawcett has also strengthened its regulatory and corporate defence department to meet increased demand from clients facing investigation and prosecution for criminal and regulatory allegations. The team works across the firm’s three offices in Yorkshire and deals with cases throughout the UK.

Senior solicitor Donald Maloney has joined Lupton Fawcett and brings with him 12 years of experience advising and representing clients with health and safety, food hygiene and crisis management issues.

Prior to joining Lupton Fawcett, he worked for law firms in the Northwest and, most recently, in the Midlands before relocating to Yorkshire.

Speaking about his new role, Maloney said: “Lupton Fawcett has gained an excellent reputation for successfully defending regulatory and criminal cases for their clients. I leapt at the opportunity to join a well-respected law firm when the role became available.”

Lupton Fawcett has also promoted Wendo Chimimba to paralegal in the regulatory and corporate defence department.

After studying psychology at the University of Essex, Chimimba completed a graduate diploma in law at BPP University in Leeds in 2014, then worked as a legal assistant at a UK-wide law firm.

She joined Lupton Fawcett in 2016, completing her master’s in law and practice at BBP University in 2018.

Jeremy Scott, head of the regulatory and corporate defence department at Lupton Fawcett, said: “We are delighted to welcome Donald, and to promote Wendo to the department.”

“Donald’s experience will be invaluable in helping to meet the growing demand for our specialist services. Wendo has contributed enormously since she joined Lupton Fawcett and there is no doubt that she will be an excellent lawyer, and a great asset to the team.”

Jonathan Oxley, managing partner of Lupton Fawcett, added: “To attract a person of Donald’s calibre demonstrates the excellent reputation we have within the legal sector. Furthermore, Wendo’s promotion shows our commitment to developing talented young people and providing them with a worthwhile career path.”

Pictured, right: Caroline Hawcroft