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    Thomson Snell & Passmore today announces two significant hires in the Family team with the appointment of Kirstie Law as a Partner and Helen Waite as an Associate.

    Prior to joining Thomson Snell & Passmore, Kirstie was a Partner at another regional law firm where she had worked for 11 years. Kirstie has been practising law since 1995 and specialises in all aspects of family work with a particular emphasis on finance. As well as being a solicitor, Kirstie is a mediator, collaborative lawyer and chairs the West Kent and East Sussex Collaborative Law Group, which she founded. 

    Kirstie is a member of Resolution – a membership organisation of family lawyers who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes – and is acknowledged as an expert in her area in leading independent guides to the UK legal profession. Recent cases include acting for the wife in the successful P -v- P Appeal, which enabled the wife to retain her shareholding in a substantial family company.  

    Helen Waite joins Thomson Snell & Passmore as an Associate having spent the previous six years at another regional law firm. Helen qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and specialises in divorce and financial relief, wealth preservation and cohabitee disputes.  Helen is also member of Resolution and is also trained as a collaborative lawyer. 

    Joanna Pratt, Partner and Head of the Family team, said: 

    “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Partner Kirstie Law and Associate Helen Waite to the Family team. With Kirstie joining, the team now has four ‘leaders in their field’ ranked in Chambers UK, an independent guide to the legal profession and is an extremely strong team in the region. Kirstie and Helen fit particularly well within the team – both in terms of experience and culture – and will further enhance our offering and service to our clients.”

    Commenting on her appointment Kirstie said: 

    “The Family team at Thomson Snell & Passmore has an excellent reputation and its lawyers are well regarded by the profession and their clients. I hope my experience and contacts will further help the team to grow and I very much look forward to working with my new colleagues.”

    Commenting on her appointment Helen said: 

    “This is an exciting time to join Thomson Snell & Passmore. The team’s specialist expertise in collaborative law will enable me to focus on developing this area, among my other specialisms, for the benefit of our clients and the team.”

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