McCormicks appoints five new partners

McCormicks Solicitors has appointed five new partners.

The new partners, who were all previously senior associates at the Harrogate-based firm, are Philip Edmondson, Lewis Goodwin, Elaine Lightfoot, Peter Minnikin and Heather Roberts.

Edmondson is head of the commercial litigation team at McCormicks and has a wide range of experience across a large spectrum of commercial litigation work, including claims involving breach of contract, sports disputes, HM Land Registry and matters with multi-jurisdictional elements.

Goodwin is a specialist in corporate and commercial law, with significant experience of a full range of corporate and commercial matters across a broad range of sectors including mergers, acquisitions, shareholders’ and partnership agreements. He is also heavily involved in sports law, working with clients such as the Premier League.

Lightfoot heads the private client team. She has won an individual recommendation for her work in the latest edition of the UK Legal 500 and is described as a Notable Practitioner for private client work in the 2016 Chambers UK guide, where she is highlighted as “an associate to watch”.

Minnikin specialises in all aspects of crime, corporate crime and fraud and regulatory work. He has particular expertise dealing with substantial and high profile cases. He handled one of the leading Computer Misuse Act cases, which set the precedent on “ethical hacking” in this country.

Roberts is a specialist in commercial property. She has acted in a number of high profile transactions and her clients have included developers, retailers, portfolios, banks, financial institutions and trusts. She has acted for Rudding Park, Sainsbury’s, the Meadowhall Centre, Netto and Card Factory.

Senior partner Peter McCormick said: “We believe in rewarding performance and these appointments reflect the level of experience, expertise and the contribution to the practice that each of these solicitors has attained. We have a team which is more than capable of handling our ever-increasing workload of complex cases and transactions. We are delighted to welcome them as partners.”

(PICTURED ABOVE) The new Partners at McCormicks: from left, Heather Roberts, Peter Minnikin, Philip Edmondson, Lewis Goodwin and Elaine Lightfoot