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Stephensons strengthens its partnership with two new equity partners

Stephensons strengthens its partnership with two new equity partners

The Wigan-based national law firm, Stephensons, has appointed two new equity partners, effective immediately.

Judith Thomas-Whittingham and Neil Ireland-Davies will join their fellow equity share members in helping to shape the direction of the law firm, which has offices in Wigan, Manchester, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton and London.

Judith Thomas-Whittingham joined Stephensons over 25 years ago and was appointed as a partner in 2009 and head of clinical negligence in 2012. In 2023, Judith was appointed as a director of Stephensons Trust Corporation, and acts as a professional deputy on behalf of vulnerable clients.

Neil Ireland-Davies has worked at Stephensons for over 22 years. He started as a law costs draftsperson in the costings team and was then promoted to department manager in 2006. Neil was made a partner in 2013. In 2021 Neil was authorised by the SRA to be Money Laundering Reporting Officer and then in 2022 was also authorised to be Money Laundering Compliance Officer.

Sean Joyce, managing partner of Stephensons said:

“I am so pleased to welcome Judith and Neil to the equity partnership. For the best part of a quarter of a century, both Judith and Neil have made a substantial contribution in making Stephensons the firm it is today. I am certain that will continue with their promotion to equity partners and I look forward to working closely with them both as the firm continues to grow and thrive.”