Lupton Fawcett retains Ellie Leatherday and Madeline Keast

Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett has retained two newly qualified solicitors.

Ellie Leatherday and Madeline Keast join the employment and corporate law teams, respectively, and will be based at the firm’s Sheffield office.

Leatherday was named Trainee Solicitor of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in 2018. The judges were impressed by her excellent standards of work and dedication; development during training; contribution to client relationships; and recognition from colleagues and peers.

She is part of Lupton Fawcett’s employment law team, where she advises employees and employers on a wide range of matters.

After completing her law degree, she obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice and followed this with a master’s.

Keast has qualified into Lupton Fawcett’s corporate team. She assists on matters ranging from company acquisitions, disposals and re-organisations to share buybacks and tailoring companies’ articles.

She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first-class law degree and completed the legal practice course at the University of Sheffield. She joined Lupton Fawcett as a corporate paralegal, before becoming a trainee solicitor in 2018.

Michele Phillips, head of the Sheffield office at Lupton Fawcett, said: “Ellie and Madeline have already gained considerable experience within their teams and both have fantastic potential. Young talent is the lifeblood of our business, which is why we are so committed to bringing through the next generation of talent.”

Pictured, from left to right: Joan Pettingill, partner in employment; Madeline Keast, solicitor in corporate; Ellie Leatherday, solicitor in employment; and Michele Phillips, partner, corporate, and Head of Sheffield Office