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New partner and promotion successes for Burnetts’ lawyers

Burnetts Solicitors new partner Spencer Knaggs

Leading Cumbrian law firm Burnetts has a new Partner.

The Carlisle-based business has promoted Spencer Knaggs to Partner and Head of the Medical Negligence and Serious Injury department.

Spencer, who joined the firm in 2017, is based at its Rosehill head office. Burnetts now has 15 Partners and employs 160 staff across four sites in Carlisle, Cockermouth, Penrith and Newcastle.

With more than 20 years of specialist experience in the field, Spencer has successfully represented clients suffering from serious injuries, asbestos-related diseases and injury following medical negligence.

Spencer, who spent 14 years with Thompsons in Manchester and studied law at Newcastle, said: “I am looking forward to contributing to the further growth of the business and having the opportunity to develop the medical negligence and serious injury teams in Carlisle, Cockermouth and Newcastle.”

Managing Partner Nick Gutteridge said: “Spencer fully deserves his ranking as a top, tier one lawyer in the 2020 Legal 500 and is a very experienced practitioner in personal injury and industrial disease.

“As a rising star in the personal injury sector he has built a reputation as the go-to lawyer in his field. Having recently taken on extra responsibility as Head of the Medical Negligence and Serious Injury team he has shown dynamism, innovation and dedication.”

There have been two further promotions within the Medical Negligence and Serious Injury Teams with Lynne Hall and Michelle Armstrong both becoming Senior Associates.

This year has also seen a number of other promotions in other teams at Burnetts. Rebecca Joy (Banking and Property Finance), Melissa McManus (Corporate) and Caroline Manningham (Court of Protection) have been promoted to Senior Associate.

Ben Crystal and Rebecca Davidson (Commercial Property), Rachael Holliday (Residential Conveyancing), Johnny Coulthard (Litigation), and Vikki Porthouse, Zoe Tremeer-Holme and Katie Wright (all in the Family Team) have been promoted to Associate Solicitor.

Mr Gutteridge said: “We are so proud of all those receiving promotions this year; in each case this recognition is just reward, and reflects each individual’s hard work and commitment.”

Thirty-two lawyers from Burnetts were recognised in the latest edition of the profession’s prestigious Legal 500 guide.