Keystone Law has continued its strong recruitment drive during the summer with the appointment of three new partners from some of the UK’s top law firms. Sandra Bates, Alex Heaton and Yohanna Weber all joined the firm in late August from Fladgate, Reed Smith and Fieldfisher, respectively.
Sandra Bates is a corporate solicitor who advises on cross-border corporate transactions, particularly those involving Africa, Canada or the US. Sandra’s expertise includes advising on IPOs and equity capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, reverse takeovers, strategic investments and joint ventures, particularly in the mining, oil and gas, and technology sectors.
Alex Heaton has over 20 years’ experience advising on all aspects of real estate transactions, including landlord and tenant matters, sales and acquisitions. He frequently advises high-profile landlords on property portfolios, leading lease negotiations, managing tenant logistics and disposing of surplus property. In addition, he has significant experience representing tenants, particularly in the financial and professional services sectors, guiding corporate real estate occupiers through office relocations and complex lease negotiations.
Yohanna Weber is a planning and environmental law expert with a focus on infrastructure, conventional and renewable energy development, major/mixed-use schemes and urban regeneration. She is also highly experienced in the promotion of development consent orders (DCOs), Transport and Works Act orders, major/multi-authority planning applications and compulsory purchase orders.
James Knight, CEO and Founder of Keystone Law, said:
“Sandra, Alex and Yohanna are excellent examples of high-calibre lawyers who are attracted to Keystone for the levels of freedom and autonomy we can provide. They are experts in their fields and their experience will strengthen our offering to clients. We are delighted that they have joined the firm.”
Keystone recently appointed 15 new partners from Brown Rudnick, McGuireWoods LLP, Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co and Farrer & Co, amongst other top firms. The high-profile lawyers joining from across multiple practice areas demonstrates the growing interest in the Keystone model, which supports lawyers to provide top-level advice and services whilst utilising cutting-edge technology to be able to work flexibly.