Simpson Millar sets up public law team in Leeds

Simpson Millar has established a public law team in Leeds, as the law firm seeks to increase its presence in Yorkshire.

Patricia Cannon (pictured) has joined Simpson Millar as a partner from Henry Hyams Solicitors to lead the new public law team in Leeds.

Lidia Foster, who has joined the firm as assistant solicitor, has arrived from Ison Harrison.

Cannon brings more than 15 years of experience to the firm, having served as a specialist in public law children cases. She has been tasked with creating a specialised national care team at Simpson Millar dedicated to the representation of children and other family members in child protection matters.

Foster worked predominantly on public law children cases at Ison Harrison. She will support Cannon at Simpson Millar to set up the specialised team in Leeds.

“This latest raft of appointments further complements our existing offering, and ensures that we have a stronger presence in a growing number of regions in order to provide support and public law expertise to those in need, explained Imogen Jolley, head of public law, at Simpson Millar.

“This is a very exciting period of growth for the public law team at Simpson Millar, and for the firm as a whole, which has invested heavily in ensuring that we are best placed to meet the growing and ever changing needs of our clients.

She added: “Appointing a stellar team is a key facet of our growth strategy, and we are pleased to be able to expand our client offering in Leeds, Manchester and Bristol, to provide specialist support to more people who need it, particularly, the establishment of a new public law team in Leeds which will provide specialised support for families involved in child protection matters in the region.”

On her appointment, Cannon said: “I am excited to join the team at such a pivotal period, and am looking forward to being a part of strengthening the firm’s reputation in the public law division to enable Simpson Millar to continue on its growth trajectory.”