Huddersfield-based law firm Ramsdens Solicitors has appointed Adam Cockroft to head up its nine-strong company and commercial practice.

Former head of corporate, Stephen Newman, is stepping aside from leading the team after more than two decades, but remains a partner and will continue to advise his clients and assist Mr Cockroft as the team continues to grow.

Having joined Ramsdens in 2010, Mr Cockroft has played a key role in the growth of the practice acting for a diverse range of clients from small businesses to large corporates, across a broad range of sectors spanning healthcare, retail, industry and professional services.

He also represents a number of clients with large property portfolios, and his specialisms include sales, acquisitions, mergers and corporate re-organisations.

Mr Newman said: “It is time to hand over leadership of the team to the next generation of lawyers. For any business to thrive, it’s important to acknowledge when to make change, and Adam is an excellent lawyer whose enthusiasm and new ideas will take the practice into a bright and exciting future.

“Stepping back from head of the practice also gives me the opportunity to concentrate on what I enjoy most, serving the needs of this firm’s clients. My passion for my work has never diminished and I am looking forward to getting back to the ‘coalface.’”

Mr Cockroft said: “With our long-established name, which is trusted by businesses and individuals throughout Yorkshire, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the company and commercial practice into the next phase of our development.

“It will very much be about harnessing the latest technology and modern ways of working while delivering the outstanding service our clients have come to expect.

“Stephen’s knowledge and years of experience will be invaluable as he supports our dynamic team which includes some of the region’s most talented dealmakers.

“With deal volume and size increasing every year, we have established a solid client base and have our sights set on further growth.”

With a heritage of providing a wide range of legal services to businesses and individuals for more than 150 years, Ramsdens Solicitors has 11 offices throughout Yorkshire. The multi-award-winning law firm has a 280-strong team, including more than 30 partners.


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