Trethowans takes another strong step to address gender balance

28 Jan 2019

Trethowans has announced a trio of new female partners as it continues to tip the national trend when it comes to women in senior roles.

Two existing employees have been promoted while a new member of staff has joined Trethowans in a partner role. The roles are based at Trethowans’ offices in Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury and Southampton and demonstrate Trethowans’ commitment to addressing gender imbalance.

Previously a senior associate within the family team, Kimberley Davies is now a partner – based in the firm’s Poole and Bournemouth offices. Specialising in all aspects of family law, she is also a qualified family mediator. Helping clients with divorce and dissolution, children law matters, financial cases, separation agreements and cohabitation agreements, Kimberley also has expertise in dealing with assisted reproduction – including donor, co-parenting and surrogacy agreements. She also has experience in private law adoptions, both domestic and international.

Kimberley is pleased to be part of such a friendly and dynamic firm: “I joined Trethowans in May 2017 to launch a family law service in Poole and then in Bournemouth,” she said.

“This presented an exciting opportunity for me to develop a team already established in Wiltshire and Hampshire. To be made a partner at such a progressive firm is very exciting and I look forward to being part of Trethowans’ future development.”

Also promoted from senior associate, Mihiri Gajraj joined Trethowans in June 2015, and will now act as partner for the firm’s Southampton and Salisbury private client teams. She has experience of a wide range of work within this area – including tax planning, creating trusts, administering trusts, tax calculations, preparing wills and powers of attorney, and probate and estate administration.

Mihiri is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – the gold standard in this area of law – and sits on the local committee.

“I love the fact that the firm is forward-thinking and full of people who are a pleasure to work with,” she said. “Due to the excellent client service we provide, I have the opportunity to work with fantastic clients, I’m proud to be a partner in a firm that is growing and has so much opportunity ahead.”

Emma Earp is a new addition to Trethowans. She trained and practised in London before moving down to the South Coast. Emma specialises in banking, acting for both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of transactions, from regional to international. She advises on a variety of matters including term and revolving loan facilities, letter of credit facilities, security structures and intercreditor arrangements.

Emma’s new role will see her play a key part of the banking team at Trethowans’ Bournemouth office. She said:

“I’ve joined Trethowans at a really exciting time as the Bournemouth office expands its offering. I can’t wait to be a part of that growth.”

Trethowans is ahead of the curve when it comes to the number of female partners and law-yers it employs. According to figures from the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority), women make up to 48 percent of all lawyers in law firms**. By comparison, 77 per cent of Trethowans’ lawyers are female.

“I’m proud that Trethowans is surpassing the industry average when it comes to gender balance in the boardroom and beyond,” added Trethowans managing partner Chris Whiteley.

“These are three excellent appointments. I am delighted we have been able to promote Mihiri and Kimberley within our own team as well as bring a brand-new partner on board. All three are fully-equipped with all the skills and experience needed to enhance our services still further. I wish them the very best in their new roles.”

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