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Harcus Sinclair appoints a new partner and three associates


Harcus Sinclair is pleased to announce that Edward Parkes, an associate in the firm’s litigation department, has been made a partner of the firm with effect from 6 April 2017.

Edward has a broad background in commercial and financial disputes and claims involving professional negligence. He has extensive experience of group and multi-party litigation on behalf of substantial groups of claimants: he was involved in litigation against Capita Financial Managers Limited on behalf of two thousand investors in the Arch cru funds and he assists in the ongoing and widely publicised claim brought by 6,000 Lloyds Bank shareholders in connection with losses they suffered when the bank acquired HBOS in 2009.

Harcus Sinclair has also made three of its solicitors associates of the firm: Siena Gold, Beth Mason and Jennifer Morrissey.

Siena Gold is a private client trust and tax lawyer.  She advises both domestic and international clients on a range of matters including the establishment and restructuring of trusts, tax and wealth structuring, wills, succession planning, private trust companies and family offices. 

Beth Mason specialises in divorce and financial remedies disputes involving high net worth clients. She also has considerable experience of Private Law Children Act matters, including contact and residence issues, and leave to remove cases, as well as negotiating and drafting nuptial agreements. Beth advises unmarried cohabitees in the event of a relationship breakdown and advises on Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims.  

Jennifer Morrissey advises on a range of private and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on financial services litigation and large shareholder actions.  She represents a range of private and corporate clients including a number of international and domestic investment funds, investment banks, private trust companies and high-net worth individuals. Jennifer has also been involved in a number of trust and probate disputes in a private client context including a substantial trust dispute in an offshore jurisdiction.  She has also acted for applicants seeking freezing injunctions in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Courts.  

Keith Bruce-Smith, one of Harcus Sinclair’s founding partners, said “We are delighted to welcome Edward to the partnership. Edward has made an outstanding contribution to the firm since he joined us as a paralegal nearly 11 years ago and his election as a partner recognises his strong achievement. Also Beth Mason, Siena Gold and Jennifer Morrissey are congratulated on being promoted to associate. This is a deserved recognition of their hard work and commitment to the firm over the years.”  

For further information, please contact Aby Pickard on 020 7539 4718.

Notes to Editors:

1. London law firm Harcus Sinclair LLP focuses on the needs of the private client and private client adviser through its three complementary practice areas of private client, litigation and family law. The firm was set up by its founding partners in 2002. Since then, led by Damon Parker, the litigation department has also developed one of the leading London group action practices, specialising in financial services and banking litigation for consumers. This underlying ethos, together with the flexible way in which the three practice areas integrate, enables the firm to provide its clients with independent, intelligent, experienced, partner-led bespoke advice. The firm has a diverse domestic and international client base comprising of corporate and private clients (including several generations of UK domiciled families), institutions, professional bodies and trade associations, charitable trustees and other law firms.

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