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Leading Law Firm Promotes Talented Staff

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One of the region’s largest law firms, hlw Keeble Hawson – which has offices in Leeds, Sheffield and Doncaster - has appointed two new associates from within its ranks: employment litigator Andrew Lightburn and Neil Kelly, an insolvency specialist.

Andrew joined hlw Keeble Hawson in 2010 after working with a London practice. Among Andrew’s previous tribunals is a landmark case in which he achieved the highest compensation to date for age discrimination.

Andrew said:  “My experience in bringing tribunal cases means that I am well placed to advise companies on how to avoid costly claims. It has been a pleasure to work within the highly professional employment team at hlw Keeble Hawson over the past two years, and I am looking forward to the ongoing challenge of ensuring that our clients are fully protected against ever-changing legislation.”

Neil Kelly has been with hlw Keeble Hawson since joining the practice as a trainee solicitor in 2006. He has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency and has handled such cases as saving over 400 jobs at Yeomans, the UK’s largest independent outdoor equipment retailer, and the rescue of Darlington Football Club after it went into administration earlier this year.

Neil said: “It has been extremely rewarding to work as part of such an experienced and high quality team, playing a key part in a really diverse range of cases and developing valuable links with the Sheffield business community.”

Senior Partner Ron Whitlam added: “Andrew and Neil have made a significant contribution to hlw Keeble Hawson’s success with their diverse skills, both professional and interpersonal. I’m delighted that their efforts are being rewarded and I look forward to working with them both for many years to come.”

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