April has been a busy month putting together the final touches to our GDPR implementation. We found the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO) guidance, also the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Law Society’s guidance extremely helpful and easy to follow.
We have created two new Data Protection Policies one which will be published on our website, for new customers and clients, the second will be included in our staff handbook and is for internal use. We have also created new privacy notices to ensure we are being transparent and upfront about the data we hold and how we use it.
We have implemented a new Data Protection procedures which ensures we are ready to handle any clients individual rights requests and or if we ever had a data breach.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be engaged in Training our Staff and Consultants, to ensure they are up to date and know what is required from them.
We have found the process although time consuming very interesting and we are confident we are now compliant and have the processes in place to continue to review and monitor our compliance.
We would like to welcome Marek Torac to our Leicester Office. Marek has over 2 years experience as an Immigration and Civil law paralegal and was previously employed by the largest Legal Aid provider in the UK. Marek has experience in conducting Judicial Review claims against the Government departments and successfully claimed damages in unlawful detention claims.
Marek will be dealing with Civil & Commercial litigation and Private Immigration matters.
Whilst working at Summerfield Browne Solicitors, Marek is due to complete LPC and MSc in Business, Law and Management in June 2018.
Marek is fluent in Czech, Slovak and Polish and is happy to assist clients in their own language.
New Year, new start. Summerfield Browne Solicitors continue to expand and this month is no different. Emma Prescott joined us on 8th January 2018 and is employed as a Solicitor in our litigation team. Emma is a lawyer with several years post-qualification litigation experience having successfully completed the Solicitors Regulation Authority Management Course. Emma has been recommended as a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 for managing a: 'leading social housing tenant team’, ‘very knowledgeable Department Head Emma' Summerfield Browne Managing Director Christian Browne commented that “this is a fantastic appointment. We believe that Emma’s appointment will significantly strengthen our litigation offering.
We would also like to welcome Laura Everson as a paralegal in supporting our Senior Solicitor Tom Lathom. Laura has over 8 years’ experience as a Criminal Law paralegal and was previously employed by one of the busiest Criminal Law practices in Northampton as Assistant Manager of the Crown Court department. Laura has considerable experience of fully preparing matters for court hearings. Laura fully prepared the clients matters for the Barristers that she regularly instructed from London chambers.
Laura has dealt with numerous matters over the years, however one of Laura’s career highlights was representing an ex professional footballer who was charged with serious offences alleged to have been committed in a private members club. After many months of hard work, which included locating numerous important witnesses, Laura’s client was acquitted of all the charges.
Chris Browne, Manging Director of Summerfield Browne has joined Lexis Nexis as a Q&A Panel Author for the Life Sciences Sector.
November and December have been very busy with new and existing client enquiries. We have entered into a referral agreement with 1 to 1 Legal this month. 1 to 1 Legal were established in the UK in 1999 and cover everything from personal injury to conveyancing, divorce, wills and business law.
2017 has been another excellent year for Summerfield Browne Solicitors, and we are all looking forward to 2018 with great excitement, so that we can continue to represent our clients best interests.
Summerfield Browne Solicitors has recently been added to Law Firms website and directory www.lawfirms.co.uk
October 2017 – Personal Injury Expert
It has been the season for recruitment and expansion at Summerfield Browne Solicitors, and we now welcome Yasmin Tahir as a solicitor in our litigation team. Yasmin has very varied litigation experience including advising on employment law and also personal injury claims. Most recently Yasmin was a personal injury solicitor with a leading nationwide practice where she advised insurance companies on PI claims. Summerfield Browne Managing Director Christian Browne commented that “this is a fantastic appointment. We believe that Yasmin’s appointment will significantly strengthen our litigation offering. Yasmin will be advising on a wide range of litigation matters including PI, employment, commercial and property litigation matters”.
September 2017 – The Italian Job
We are pleased to welcome Monica Colacicco to our practice. Monica is an Italian qualified lawyer with extensive experience of commercial and civil litigation in the Italian Courts. Summerfield Browne Managing Director Christian Browne stated “we believe this a very exciting appointment for us. We hope to be able to extend our service offering to Italian businesses and individuals who are looking for English Law advice and/ or are looking to do business in the UK. Monica has extensive experience of advising on commercial contracts and also litigation in Italy and we hope that she can apply that experience in developing a successful career at Summerfield Browne“.
Summerfield Browne are continuing with their expansion plans and have now opened a new office at 5 Museum Square, Leicester. Managing Director, Christian Browne said “it was a very exciting development which would enable us to provide legal services to the East Midlands commercial centres of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby. He said that “it would also enable us to recruit experienced commercial solicitors from each of these cities which would be a very exciting development in the evolution of the firm”.
Summerfield Browne Solicitors are pleased to announce to appointment of Penelope Summerfield as Operations & HR Officer. Penelope will be responsible for recruitment, HR and compliance matters.
Managing Director Christian Browne commented “It is fantastic that we have managed to recruit Penelope who joins us with excellent regulatory compliance experience. Penelope was Head of Compliance at the Chartered Management Institute and we look forward to Penelope using those skills to deal with SRA regulatory compliance matters for us. Penelope will also oversee HR and in particular recruitment. As Summerfield Browne seeks to expand it is key that we are able to attract and recruit suitable individuals who have first class experience”.
Summerfield Browne Solicitors announce that Kalpna Mistry has joined as a solicitor in the commercial department of the practice. Kalpna joins us from Harborough District Council where she had a wide remit, and included advising on planning, commercial property and general commercial legal matters.
Managing Director Christian Browne commented “We are very pleased to announce that Kalpna Mistry has joined our commercial team. She has excellent experience having trained and worked with leading regional legal practises. Kalpna will be dealing with commercial property, planning and general commercial legal matters”.
We are pleased to welcome Tom Lathom, who has joined us as a litigation and dispute resolution solicitor. Tom advises on wide variety of litigation matters including property disputes, boundary disputes, general commercial litigation and contentious probate matters.
Managing Director Christian Browne commented that “We are very pleased to welcome Tom Lathom to our litigation and dispute resolution team. Tom has worked for some of the leading commercial law firms in Leicester and has excellent experience in advising on a wide variety of litigation matters”.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of two further senior consultant solicitors. We have appointed Razina Akhtar as a senior consultant solicitor in our Commercial Property team and we have also appointed Rachel Seymour as a senior consultant solicitor in our Employment and Litigation teams.
Managing Director Christian Browne commented that "Both Razina and Rachel have worked for leading regional law firms and have first rate experience of advising clients in their respective practice areas. Their appointment shows the commitment at Summerfield Browne to ensuring our client's receive excellent legal advice from solicitors who are at the top of their game".
Summerfield Browne advised shareholder in connection with the buy back of shares by a company in the online retail sector.
Summerfield Browne advised founding shareholder in a software company in buying out his co-shareholders.
Summerfield Browne advised on an MBO in the energy sector.
Summerfield Browne advised on a corporate re-organisation for a regional software company. Summerfield Browne also advised on a corporate re-organisation for an international software company.
Summerfield Browne Solicitors successfully advised the Defendant directors and settled a multi million pound High Court claim issued by the Liquidators of a company.
Summerfield Browne successfully acted for a large regional textiles manufacturer based in Northamptonshire in its claim for trade mark infringement and passing off which was settled by the Defendant company.
Christian Browne of Summerfield Browne Solicitors successfully represented and defended in Court, a leading boiler warranty/ repair insurance company based in London, in a Data Protection Act 1998 claim by the Information Commissioner's Office.