Member news: Schofield Sweeney starts 2024 with promotions

Jan 19, 2024

Yorkshire-based law firm Schofield Sweeney has started the year positively by recognising the achievements of its employees with promotions. 

Learning, developing, and supporting the career ambitions of its people is a key part of the organisation and the promotions celebrate the outstanding achievements of the individuals.

Jessica Fielden has been promoted to Director in the corporate team, she specialises in corporate acquisitions and disposals, group reorganisations (including structuring and establishing joint ventures), debt and equity financing, including private equity transactions and public market fundraisings.

Having joined the firm as a trainee, it’s been a pleasure to grow and develop within Schofield Sweeney. I am very grateful to be part of a team that embodies the firm’s culture and invests in its own to nurture and support growth. I am sure 2024 will follow in the footsteps of 2023, full of excitement and success for the corporate team.Jessica Fielden, Director.

Jessica is the latest in a number of home-grown lawyers who are realising their ambitions and talents with the firm. She is an excellent and enthusiastic lawyer, who is committed to achieving clients’ objectives and delivering excellent client service; I am delighted that we are able to recognise Jessica’s contribution to the firm’s success”. Steven Millward, Partner.

Elizabeth Foster been promoted to Associate in the litigation team. She deals with a range of chancery and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contentious probate and trusts work.

“The firm continues to go from strength to strength, in terms of the quality of matters and external recognition, but even more importantly, it is such a lovely place to work. Bring on 2024!” Elizabeth Foster, Associate.

“Elizabeth’s promotion is richly deserved. She started her training contract with the firm over six years ago and has developed into a key member of the dispute resolution team. She was recently shortlisted for “Rising Star of the Year” at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023, and I have no doubt she will continue to forge an excellent reputation in the market.” Leo Jones-Rowe, Partner.

Damian Kilroy has been promoted to Directorin the litigation team. His experience lies with insolvency and commercial disputes, often involving allegations of fraud.

I am incredibly proud to have been promoted to Director and be a part of taking the wider team forward.Damian Kilroy, Director.

“Damian’s promotion is very well deserved and reflects the hard work and commitment he has shown over a sustained period. He continues to be a key member of our team and his promotion reflects this. He is extremely well regarded by clients and colleagues alike.” James Wood, Partner.

After being the first non-lawyer to be promoted to Associate in 2022, Ann-Marie Keighley has been promoted to Marketing Director.

“This promotion reflects Ann-Marie’s dedication and hard work and is an excellent testimony of how she has forged her career at the firm.  It echoes not just the excellent work she delivers leading our first-class marketing team, but also the commitment and support she provides in many other areas of the business.” Graham Sweeney, managing partner.

The firm’s career progression framework was introduced in 2020 to establish a clear and consistent pathway for their employees to gain promotion, and to encourage career development.  These promotions, bring the overall total who have been promoted since the scheme’s introduction, to 16, reflecting the value the firm places on providing opportunities for everyone to achieve a rewarding career.

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