Hamlins announces four lateral partner-level hires

Hamlins has announced the arrival of three additional lateral hire partners: Amanda Burge, Charles Bezzant and Fionnuala Lynch in addition to Andrew Stephenson who recently joined from Carter Ruck.

Hamlins has enjoyed strong growth in the last few years. In 2013/14 revenue increased by over a quarter from £10m to just over £12.6m with a healthy profit margin of 35.5%. The impressive results form part of an ongoing story of consistent and steady growth at the West End firm in recent years, despite the impact of the recession elsewhere on commercial law firms. The four lateral hires take partner/consultant numbers to 28, an increase of almost 20%.

Commenting on the bumper round of lateral hires, Nigel Mason, Managing Partner said: “Our strategy of focusing on our core areas of strength has paid off over the past few years, despite the commercial market suffering from the effects of the recession. These are tactical hires to specifically strengthen and complement key areas of our practice. The fact that leading lawyers like Amanda, Fionnuala, Charles, and Andrew choose to join Hamlins is a testament to the strength of our client base and the opportunities we can provide to grow business.

“These are really exciting times for Hamlins, we have never been more focused or confident about the quality of our team and the excellent advice we are able to provide to our clients.”

Amanda joins from Enyo Law as a partner in the firm’s growing dispute resolution team. She previously worked at Holman Fenwick Willan and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, and has almost 20 years’ experience advising on a wide range of commercial disputes, including professional negligence cases, construction and engineering, insurance and reinsurance, property, IT and insolvency. Amanda will be adding her expertise to Hamlins’ existing dispute resolution team, which has a reputation for punching above its weight and litigating successfully against much larger top City firms. Amanda’s experience in dealing with property disputes chimes well with Hamlins’ reputation for top-flight property work. Amanda will be advising clients across a range of dispute resolution processes including arbitration, mediation and adjudication. Amanda is recommended by Legal 500.

Charles Bezzant joins Hamlins from Reed Smith and is an expert in Real Estate Finance, covering investment and development finance. Charles’ background is in investment and development property where he has acted on all manner of acquisitions, developments, disposals, sales and leasebacks, lettings, surrenders and all aspects of property investment management. He regularly acts for senior lenders and for mezzanine financiers as well as developers and borrowers on bilateral and syndicated facilities. Charles is recognized by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

Fionnuala Lynch, who joins from Cubism Law, will add a Tax specialism to Hamlins strong Corporate practice enabling the firm to provide clients with a full service offering on corporate and real estate transasctions. Fionnuala has been providing tax advice to corporates, multinationals, financial institutions and individuals for over 15 years. After reading Jurisprudence at Oxford University, she trained at Linklaters and gained further experience at Allen & Overy and Goldman Sachs. Before joining Cubism Law as a consultant in September 2012 she spent six years working as Counsel in the Tax group at Reed Smith LLP.

Eminent media lawyer Andrew Stephenson joined Hamlins in December as a Senior Consultant in the firm’s burgeoning Media department. Andrew is the former Senior Partner of Carter-Ruck. His recent successes include acting for the former Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, in his libel claim against the Sunday Times and for the then Prime Minister of Uganda, Amama Mbabazi, against the Daily Mail. He now joins Hamlins to further develop the busy Media team’s offering, which covers both claimant and defendant work on reputation, privacy, defamation, libel and slander matters and increasingly on matters involving social media.