Ward Hadaway promotes 10 lawyers, including healthcare specialist in Leeds

Ward Hadaway has promoted 10 lawyers across its commercial, healthcare, employment, corporate and property teams.

Richard Greensit has joined the ranks of the firm’s healthcare partners, and the commercial team’s Steven Roper has been promoted to partner.

Eight lawyers have also been promoted to associate solicitor at Ward Hadaway. They are Gillian Burns and Mark McKeever (employment), Rob Eldon (commercial disputes), Clare French and Rosemary Moore (corporate), Kirsty Smith (property litigation), and Karen Taylor and Adele Poultney (healthcare).

Martin Hulls, managing partner of Ward Hadaway, said: “These promotions recognise the fantastic contribution these lawyers have made to the firm and further strengthen the business for the future.”

New partner Greensit has been promoted to strengthen Ward Hadaway’s healthcare team, which now consists of eight partners.

Greensit specialises in advising NHS trusts and NHS Resolution in the defence of clinical negligence claims. He recently transferred to the firm’s Leeds office to further develop its healthcare practice in Yorkshire.

He has advised on high value injury claims for brain and spinal injury and delay in diagnosis of meningitis in young children. He has undertaken secondments at NHS Resolution in London and in the legal department of other client NHS trusts.

Greensit joined Ward Hadaway as a trainee solicitor in 2008 and became of a member of its healthcare team in 2011.

He said: “I am proud to be recognised for my work here at Ward Hadaway and have enjoyed the chance to build relationships with clients, which makes my work extremely rewarding.”

Jeffrey Keeble, who leads Ward Hadaway’s healthcare team, said: “We are delighted that Richard has been promoted to partner. It is extremely important that we promote and develop our own people—we are proud of the career opportunities we offer our talented people and know that by encouraging them and challenging them we will continue to give our clients excellent service.”

Roper started work at Ward Hadaway as a paralegal in 2007 and joined the firm’s commercial team when he qualified as a solicitor.

He has worked in the commercial team, which now has 16 partners, for more than eight years advising a wide range of commercial clients, from sole traders to public limited companies.

Roper commented: “I am delighted to have been promoted. Ward Hadaway is a great place to work—the firm has the size, expertise and client base which means that work is consistently stimulating and engaging. Our people continue to balance this with being able to maintain a friendly and supportive atmosphere in what is often a high-pressure job.”

Colin Hewitt, who heads up the commercial team at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are pleased to congratulate Steven on his achievement in becoming partner. His appointment recognises the talent and work ethic which makes him a central part of our team.”

Hulls went on to say that he is confident that the promoted lawyers will make a significant contribution to the future success of the law firm.

He said: “These promotions are well deserved and reflect their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. Our people really enjoy what they do and it’s great to see them continue to develop professionally and personally at Ward Hadaway, whether they joined us as trainees or later in their career.”

“This is a very special year for Ward Hadaway as the firm celebrates its 30th anniversary, with a decade in Leeds and six years in Manchester. Our promotions are a reflection of the progress that the firm continues to make and to seize the opportunities which lie ahead.”