Schofield Sweeney has strengthened its corporate team in with a new addition and the qualification as a solicitor of a current trainee.
Solicitor James Farrell has joined the Schofield Sweeney corporate team in Leeds, while Helen Matthews will also be staying on at the firm and taking her place in the team following her qualification.
The seven-partner strong team at Schofield Sweeney now boasts 18 lawyers across its three Yorkshire offices.
Farrell joins the firm from Walker Morris, bringing with him transactional and corporate governance experience, having acted on a range of both domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition deals for small- and medium-sized entities, and AIM-listed and private equity-backed clients.
The corporate team has seen significant growth over the last 12 months. Activity levels are high, with more than 40 transactions completed in the last eight months, including high-profile deals such as the sale of the entire share capital of Royal Armouries International and the investment in Northern Escalators by BGF.
Farrell commented: “I am delighted to have joined Schofield Sweeney; a well-established firm with an excellent reputation in the region. I was very impressed by the partners during my interview; they have a very clear idea in relation to the identity of the firm within the West Yorkshire market, and the direction that they wish to take it.”
He added: “The Leeds market has been vibrant for a number of years in terms of corporate activity levels, particularly with the advent of the Northern Powerhouse initiative and the rise in funds available to private equity houses seeking to invest them. I am very much looking forward to making a positive contribution.”
Chairman Chris Schofield said: “We invest heavily in our staff and our growing reputation in the market means we can attract high-calibre lawyers as well as retain our trainees. We are delighted to have James join the team.”