Holden Smith, the Huddersfield-based law firm, has appointed Rob Kelly as director and head of corporate law.

The firm – which has five offices and employs over 100 people – has appointed Mr Kelly to help lead and grow its corporate and commercial department and support overall business growth strategy.

David Bancroft, director and co-founder at Holden Smith, said: “Rob is a well-known and highly regarded corporate lawyer with many years of experience working with businesses of all sizes across the area of mergers and acquisitions. 

“Having spent several years in industry working in finance director and managing director roles before becoming a solicitor, Rob has the commercialism his clients demand, and an empathy with their business needs.

“He understands numbers inside out and can guide and advise clients through all areas connected to business sales, share sales and business purchases.”

Commenting on joining Holden Smith, Mr Kelly said: “Holden Smith is a driven and dynamic firm that is going places and I’m delighted to have joined the team to be part of the journey.

“The firm is known for its innovative and results driven approach and for taking time to really understand a client’s business and its people, so that advice and solutions can be tailored to meet the client’s commercial needs.”

Holden Smith was founded in 2019 by James Smith, David Bancroft and Jamie Megson.