Clough & Willis announces new equity and salaried partner promotions
In its latest round of promotions, Bury and Bolton law firm Clough & Willis has confirmed that two of its team have been promoted. One has become an equity partner and the other a salaried partner.
Nicola Finbow, who joined the firm in 2018 as head of the private client team and was promoted to salaried partner in 2020, has become an equity partner. Nicola focusses on a variety of core work including wealth and succession planning, inheritance tax advice, trust creation and administration, wills, lasting powers of attorney and estate administration. She is also a full member of STEP, the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning.
Also in the private client team, Rhianna Bateson has been promoted from associate solicitor to salaried partner. Rhianna has worked at Clough & Willis since 2017 and like Nicola covers all areas of private client law. She is a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly and is due to complete her final examinations to become STEP qualified. Rhianna graduated with a first-class law degree from UCLAN in 2012. Rhianna completed her Legal Practice Course in 2013 qualifying in July 2016.
Two other members of the team are also celebrating significant milestones in their respective careers after both serving 40 years at the firm. Chris Macwilliam joined Clough & Willis as a trainee solicitor and became a partner within three years. Chris has been a litigator all his professional life and is a specialist in both personal injury and employment matters.
Karen Hastie started work at Clough & Willis three months after Chris. Her first role was as the then managing partner’s legal secretary before becoming practice manager in 2003.
Lee Marston – managing partner of Clough & Willis – said: “As a business, we are firmly built on the talent, dedication, and commitment of our respective teams. Both Nicola and Rhianna have been instrumental in building our private client offering over the past few years, so their promotions are hugely deserved and reflect their efforts. Clough & Willis is focused on developing, growing, and promoting from within and this approach will continue to remain a central part of us.”
Lee added: “I’d also like to thank Chris and Karen for the past four decades they have dedicated to the firm. Both are integral to our success as they represent everything all here stand for: loyalty, resilience, trustworthiness, and professionalism.”