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Rewarding talent: four big promotions at John M Hayes

John M HayesJohn M Hayes has promoted four of their internal team to senior roles within the company.

Christopher McClure, North West Regional Manager and Laura Bennet, South East Regional Manager have been promoted to Associate level.  Senior Costs Draftsman Kenny Shealey has taken on the role of national legal aid training co-ordinator and Donna Attwood will lead the Midlands team following the retirement of Philip Morris after 25 years of service.

Kate Oliver, Chief Executive said “These promotions recognise the fantastic contribution these individuals have made to the firm and further strengthen the business for the future.”

National Recognition

Christopher is an expert in technical inter parte costs matters and is known for his eye for detail and gritty determination to see things through.  He is currently developing a series of inter partes seminars for all litigators seeking clear guidance on how to litigate with costs in mind.  Christopher said: “There is little doubt within the costing industry that The John M Hayes Partnership has a reputation for preparing claims in publicly funded matters which is second to none. What is, however, perhaps less well-known is that we are equally adept at dealing with inter partes costs and my first concern as Associate is to ensure that The John M Hayes Partnership is nationally recognised as such.”

Legal Aid Costs

Laura brings a wealth of talent and experience to the team around client care, human resources and business development and will work closely with Kenny Shealey to strengthen the Company’s legal aid partnerships.

Laura sees the role as a great opportunity  “ Myself and Chris will be working alongside the Board to spot business and growth opportunities. I will be developing my role with people across the company and in client care and I look forward to working more closely with not only the team in my Region but across all offices”

Expert Knowledge

Laura and Kenny have recently delivered a popular series of live, national seminars on maximising legal aid costs and GDPR.  Kenny said “ I was really pleased to be offered and to have accepted this exciting role with the prospect to use my knowledge to help develop the company and help secure more legal aid clients in the future.”

Kenny’s specialist legal aid knowledge makes him the ideal candidate to maintain the company’s visionary year long training programme for new recruits.

Midlands Region

Donna has been with the company  for over seventeen years supporting Philip Morris in his role as Regional Manager.  A specialist in electronic bills, Donna’s main caseload focuses on group travel litigation claims where she leads a separate costs team in the office to get through what are often complex claims.

When asked what the new role would mean to her, Donna said “I am very much looking forward to my new role and the opportunity that has been presented to lead a team of experienced Costs Draftsmen based in our two Midlands offices. We pride ourselves in the quality of our work and exceptional service we provide and I am keen to maintain all our existing client relationships, hopefully developing some new ones along the way. As a Costs Lawyer I will also still be heavily involved in all areas of costs and am looking forward to leading the team into the new electronic era!”

Top Talent to Deliver first class service

Kate Oliver concluded: “I am delighted that Christopher, Laura, Kenny and Donna have been recognised for their contribution to the company and have been promoted to senior roles.  It is important to the Company that we promote and develop from within and we are proud of the opportunities for career progression we offer our talented people.  We know that by encouraging them and challenging them we will continue to help them deliver a first class service to all our clients.”



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