We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Simon Walsh to Partner, Clare Mackay to Senior Associate and Victoria Thomson to Associate as of June 2020.
Steve Ryan, SA Law’s Managing Partner says:
“Now is most certainly the time to be looking forward to meet the challenges of the future and it is with renewed purpose that we celebrate the strengths of our team members. I speak for many of our clients, colleagues and contacts when I say that these appointments are more than well deserved.
I am delighted that Simon has joined the Partnership and Clare and Victoria have been recognised for their many achievements and dedication to the firm. These new promotions mark the impact that all three members of SA Law’s team have made in supporting fellow colleagues and clients and I am confident they will continue in their new roles to strengthen our talent pool for the future as we enter a new business age.
Congratulations to Simon, Clare and Victoria."
Simon adds: “I’m proud to have joined a partnership that includes some of the people who trained me at the start of my legal career and others I’ve known and trusted for many years. I’ve been very lucky to have worked with some fantastic legal and commercial minds over the years and am looking to working with them to drive the firm forward.”
Clare comments: “The promotion to Senior Associate marks an exciting milestone and I’m delighted to have the support of the Partnership as I continue my journey at the firm and work alongside fantastic colleagues and clients alike.”
Victoria adds: “Becoming an Associate is an achievement I am particularly proud to have secured. As a non-legal team member it is an honour to be recognised alongside my legal, finance and HR peers and be working towards joining a partnership that ensures being progressive and staying at the forefront of change in the sector is at the top of the agenda.”
A former City litigator, Simon advises on commercial disputes and guides (claimant and defendant) clients through High Court and county court litigation as well as mediation. He also provides pre-dispute advice and works with clients to develop strategies to minimise the risk and impact of disputes where they can’t be avoided.
Simon has a thriving international practice and has represented clients in significant foreign seated international arbitrations involving English and non-English law. He also leads our debt recovery team which delivers a fixed fee ‘bolt-on’ to clients’ credit control procedures and provides cost effective options for dealing with disputed invoice claims.
After completing his training contract at Pictons (which SA Law span out of in 2005) Simon worked spent several years working for a large US firm in the City before re-joining SA Law in 2009. Click here to view Simon's profile.
Clare brings extensive City experience in high value contract disputes, particularly IT contracts and agreements for the supply of goods or services, advising on allegations of breach, termination misrepresentation and quantification of loss. She joined SA Law in 2008.
Clare also has extensive experience of working with lawyers in foreign jurisdictions on complex international disputes.
She has a broad client base that includes national household names and a niche specialisation in education law along with leading SA Law’s contentious probate advice. Clare’s commercial work also covers professional negligence cases and pursuing fraud claims, together with related freezing orders.
Clare is also regularly instructed on cases where urgent injunctive relief is sought to restrain the use of confidential information or enforce the restrictive covenants of senior employees.
Click here to view Clare's profile.
Victoria joined SA Law in 2010 and has been a central figure in the firm’s identity and growth.
A member of SA Law’s Senior Management Team, she shapes the firms strategy for communications, brand and development and takes great pride in getting results for the firm – be it her work in translating how colleagues deliver stellar outcomes for clients through the legal directories or bringing to life the thoughts and ideas that lead to award-winning client campaigns. Click here to view Victoria's profile.