BLM celebrates promotions

11 May 2021

Leading insurance risk and commercial law specialist BLM has announced its 2021 promotions, promoting five of its associates to partner and twelve of its solicitors to associate and associate equivalent roles across its UK locations.

The promotions are across the firm’s Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Manchester locations, and span five of its seven business streams. The partner promotions include Dave Thompson within Catastrophic Injury, Hanna Platt in Property Damage & Recovery, Helen Smith in Commercial Property, and Tara McSorley and Michelle McCullough in the Belfast office.

The new appointments follow a promotions round announced last October, which created twelve new partners and 23 new associate roles across its teams.

Matthew Harrington, recently re-elected for a second term as Senior Partner, celebrated the promotions: “It’s a pleasure to announce this round of partner and associate promotions, and I’m sure the firm will join me in wishing the best of luck to our colleagues for these well-deserved appointments. The tenacity, dedication and hard-work shown by the teams over the last year has enabled BLM to continue to offer extraordinary support and service to our clients, during a time that has been challenging for many businesses, and people.

“These promotions, as with our October appointments, again reflect our plans for growth in areas that represent both BLM’s strengths and opportunities. As we continue to strengthen and diversify our expertise in key areas, supporting our talent will remain an important focus. Congratulations to all new partners and associates.”

Partner promotions:

Catastrophic Injury:

Dave Thompson, Birmingham

Commercial Property:

Helen Smith, Manchester

Northern Ireland:

Tara McSorley, Belfast

Michelle McCullough, Belfast

Property Damage & Recovery:

Hanna Platt, London


Associate level promotions:

Catastrophic Injury:

Marc Harries, Manchester

Vanessa Brooks, Associate, Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx), Bristol

Commercial Litigation:

Santiago Graffigna, London

Fred Feistauer, Manchester

Commercial Property:

Kim Frost, Manager - New Build Residential Plot Sales, Manchester


Holly Ross, London

Family law:

Yasmin Khan-Gunns, London

London Risk Management:

Julie Cross, Associate, Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx), London

Travel & Tour Operators:

Sandeep Aujla, London


Michael Ledwith, Manchester


Calum Murray, Edinburgh

Northern Ireland:

Michelle King, Belfast

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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