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Stowe Family Law announces record number of promotions

The UK’s largest specialist family law firm, Stowe Family Law, today announced its biggest round of promotions in its 40-year history, the culmination of the firm’s dedication to developing the high calibre lawyers within the firm and further demonstrating its commitment to growth.

With 58 offices across the UK, promotions span Stowe’s geography including Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, and London.

This 20-strong round of promotions follows the introduction in 2021 of the firm’s Elevate initiative which provides a structured pathway, and mentoring and support opportunities, for lawyers looking to advance their career.

Among those announced are Beth Sheridan who is promoted to Managing Partner. Stowe are proud to acknowledge Beth as the first CILEx qualified lawyer to be appointed to the position of Managing Partner at the firm.

Shanika Varga-Haynes, Rachel Fisher and Gemma Davison have each been promoted to Team Leader Partner and Liza Gatrell who has become a Partner.

Promoted to Senior Associate are Sarah Peters, Georgina Nelson, Claire Chisnall and Hannah Ross.

Whilst Ciara Pugh, Florence Ashcroft-Lane, Luanne Morton, Jennifer Hudec, Sarah McLoughlin, Nikki Beasley, Katy Jordan, Harriet Donovan, Jennifer Gray, Lucy Chandler and Hannah Stubbs have all been promoted to the position of Associate, a role introduced by the firm earlier this year.

These promotions follow the internal appointments of ten Paralegals last month, creating additional opportunities for colleagues who wish to pursue a career in family law.

Speaking of the record number of promotions, Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead said:

“I’m delighted to announce these well-deserved promotions. Congratulations to each of the lawyers. They all share Stowe’s core values; demonstrating exceptional commitment to delivering high-quality advice and support to our clients, innovative thinking, and a readiness to collaborate with Stowe’s team of over 120 like-minded family law specialists.”

Julian continues:

“The expertise and achievements of this talented and ambitious group of family lawyers reflect Stowe’s dedication to attracting and supporting outstanding lawyers. I am certain they will continue to flourish and wish them every success as they continue to progress their career with Stowe Family Law.”


Stowe Family Law is the UK’s largest specialist family law firm with offices in cities including London, Leeds, York, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and Nottingham, and towns including Ilkley, Altrincham, Winchester, and Harrogate.

Founded in 1982, the firm employs over 120 specialist family lawyers across 58 offices. The team practice all areas of family law including divorce, separation, financial settlements, arrangements for children, out-of-court settlements, mediation, nuptial agreements, surrogacy, adoption and international family law.

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