Keystone Law, the UK’s leading dispersed law firm, has recruited an additional ten senior solicitors, bringing the total number of lawyers in the firm up to 120.

Keystone has now taken on 18 new solicitors since July of last year when it launched its Join the Future campaign designed to attract 50 recruits. The firm is currently in advanced discussions with another 12 lawyers most of whom will have joined the firm by June of this year. All recruits have excellent legal experience and strong client followings.

Keystone’s Managing Partner, James Knight, says:

“We are seeing an unprecedented shift in the legal profession towards the Keystone model. The economy may be faltering, but these new recruits have not suffered redundancy and all have strong client followings. Times are changing and the old partnership model is becoming less and less attractive to senior lawyers, whether they are already partners of firms or partnership is looming on the horizon. We are also seeing instances of clients requiring lawyers to move to Keystone so they can receive better value and a more flexible service.”

The ten lawyers that have joined the firm are:

  • Joanna Bullard joins the Real Estate Commercial Property team from Thomas Eggar, where she was a Senior Associate;
  • Nia Jones joins the Private Client team, having previously been Head of Private Client at Hanne & Co Solicitors.
  • Clare Lucas joins the Commercial Contracts team, having previously worked as Senior Commercial Counsel for Motorola Mobility;
  • Simon Owens joins the Employment, Pensions and Incentives team from Ashurst, where he was a Senior Associate;
  • Hilary Pennington-Mellor joins the Family team from Rosenblatt Solicitors, where she was a Partner and then a Consultant;
  • Lucinda Russell-Jones joins the Fraud and Financial Crime team from DLA Piper, where she was a Senior Associate;
  • Jemma Shorten joins the Corporate team from SNR Denton, where she was a Senior Associate;
  • Nicholas Tall joins the Commercial Contracts team from Speechly Bircham LLP, where he was a Partner;
  • Catherine Williams joins the Corporate team from JAG Shaw Solicitors, where she was a Senior Associate;
  • Alyson Young joins the Corporate team from Furley Page Solicitors where she was a Senior Associate.

Notes to editors

About Keystone

  • Keystone Law was established in 2002; it is currently the country’s largest and most successful dispersed law firm with over 100 experienced solicitors averaging 18 years post qualification experience.Keystone is a full service commercial law firm whose clients are comprised of SMEs, entrepreneurs and individuals.
  • Keystone solicitors use an intuitive IT platform to work together from their satellite offices, homes, or clients offices. They are comprehensively supported by a central London office which provides meeting rooms and support staff and performs the firm’s administrative functions. Overhead savings and other efficiencies allow Keystone to deliver exceptional value for money.
  • Keystone’s fee earners are free to focus on client relationships without the distractions of running a legal practice. Lawyers enjoy an excellent work/life balance. The firm operates a performance-based remuneration structure rather than paying conventional salaries.
  • Keystone’s clients include ING Real Estate, Lloyds Pharmacy , LoveFilm, Neal’s Yard, Snog Yoghurt , Sodexo, Stagecoach.