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Harrowells expands corporate team in long term growth strategy

North and East Yorkshire law firm, Harrowells, has extended its corporate and commercial team with the appointment of solicitor, Sophia Bell.

Sophia Bell, who gained a first-class degree in Law and Management at University of Leeds and a distinction on the Legal Practice Course at University of Law, Leeds; will be based at Harrowells’ office in Clifton Moor, York, but will also work out of the firm’s district offices in Thirsk, Easingwold and Pocklington to meet client needs.

She joins from the Leeds office of a national law firm where she trained and chose to specialise in corporate work and will become the fourth member of the team, working alongside head of department, partner, Susie Mortonson, associate solicitor, Matt Rowley and newly-qualified solicitor, Will Procter, who recently qualified into the corporate and commercial team after completing his training contract with the firm.

Her specialisms include mergers and acquisitions; management buy outs, joint ventures and shareholder issues, legal restructuring of businesses and general commercial work, including contracts and terms of business, as well as agricultural advice with a corporate or commercial aspect.

Sophia Bell says: “I’m thrilled to join Harrowells and the chance to work with a wide range of clients in diverse sectors throughout North and East Yorkshire and to be part of a team with an excellent local reputation for its expertise, service and commitment to staff development.”

Susie Mortonson says: “Sophia’s appointment is part of our long-term strategic plans to expand the team following the appointment of Will Procter earlier this year. Both Will and Sophia are great additions to our department and share the vision of a well-rounded corporate team offering quality advice to a wide range of regional business clients.

“We have a strong flow of instructions in spite of Covid-19 and there are certainly many businesses with positive plans which require legal advice. While some have benefitted from changes in consumer, or business, demand, others are adapting to changing market opportunities all of which is stimulating demand for lawyers with a strong commercial approach and a creative response to client needs.”

Harrowells Solicitors offers a wide range of legal services to commercial, farming and private clients. The firm has three offices in York and others in Thirsk, Easingwold and Pocklington.