Lupton Fawcett promotes criminal regulatory lawyer

Lupton Fawcett promotes criminal regulatory lawyer

Lupton Fawcett has strengthened its regulatory and corporate defence team with the promotion of one of the region’s leading criminal regulatory lawyers, Meghan Waldron, to senior associate.

Specialising in defending businesses and individuals facing investigation or prosecution for criminal and regulatory allegations, the regulatory and corporate defence team works across Lupton Fawcett’s York, Leeds and Sheffield offices, winning cases for their clients throughout England and Wales.

Waldron specialises in defending clients facing the whole range of regulatory and criminal offences, particularly serious criminal offences and road traffic offences. 

Since joining Lupton Fawcett in 2016, Waldron has built up new services for clients, including representation at inquests and alcohol licensing.

She has helped the team build on its strengths by proactively and meticulously preparing cases to ensure that the best possible outcome for clients is achieved. Her attention to detail and rapport with clients has earned her a well-respected reputation, which continues to grow with each success.

A skilled and successful advocate, Waldron also works regularly alongside barristers and QCs, as well as leading forensic experts.

Waldron (pictured, main) said: “I enjoy running my own busy caseload dealing with matters both at the investigation stage and in court. As a team, we are very successful at achieving our clients’ objectives, providing them with the best possible outcome, as well as giving a very high level of service.”

Jeremy Scott, partner and head of the regulatory and corporate defence team at Lupton Fawcett, said: “We are delighted to promote Meghan. Her experience and expertise will continue to be invaluable in helping to meet the growing demand for our specialist services. Meghan has contributed enormously since she joined Lupton Fawcett and is a great asset to the regulatory and corporate defence team team.”

Lupton Fawcett managing partner James Richardson said: “I would like to congratulate Meghan on her promotion to senior associate. This well-deserved promotion reflects her hard work and the growing contribution she makes to our business.”

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A clerk at Lupton Fawcett, meanwhile, is embarking on a legal career starting as a trainee solicitor. 

Jessica Smith (pictured, right) joined Lupton Fawcett six years ago as a provincial and diocesan registry clerk in its ecclesiastical and charities team.

After working in the department, Smith became interested in furthering her career and began studying law part-time.

With an undergraduate degree in historical archaeology, she completed a graduate diploma in law over two years and began the legal practice course in 2019.

Smith starts her training contract with Lupton Fawcett this month, gaining experience across all legal specialities and hopes to qualify as a solicitor in two years’ time.

Jonathan Oxley, partner and head of the York office, said: “Congratulations to Jessica for her commitment to becoming a trainee solicitor. There are many different routes into a legal career and we are delighted to support our top performing paralegals in training and ultimately qualifying in their chosen area of law.”

Simone Bolton (pictured, left) has been appointed as the new provincial registry clerk in Lupton Fawcett’s ecclesiastical and charities team. She graduated from Durham University in 2018, before moving to York to begin her legal career.

Lupton Fawcett’s ecclesiastical law practice advises on legal issues facing clergy, parishes and dioceses in the Church of England, as well as delivering seminars and training for ecclesiastical clients.

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