Foot Anstey bolsters Southampton presence with two senior hires

National law firm, Foot Anstey, has welcomed two senior industry hires to its Southampton office.

Heather Welham joins the Foot Anstey Commercial Litigation team as a Managing Associate and Marianne Ironside joins its Planning and Environment team as an Associate.

With significant experience in professional negligence and commercial litigation matters, Heather will be a valuable asset to Foot Anstey's growing team.

Heather joins the firm from Blake Morgan and advises in-house lawyers and senior employees on a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes, including commercial contract claims, disputes relating to employee restrictive covenants and breach of director duties. In her role at Foot Anstey, she will act for a broad range of clients, including individuals, SMEs and well known national and international brands.

Heather commented: "I am thrilled to be joining Foot Anstey and helping the team provide practical and commercially savvy solutions to clients. I believe my experience will complement Foot Anstey's already well established and skilled team. The firm has a great reputation and I am looking forward to contributing to the growth of the firm."

As an Associate in Foot Anstey's Planning and Environment team, Marianne will be using her expertise to provide pragmatic planning advice to clients on a range of issues. Marianne has considerable experience working with housebuilders, retirement living providers and hoteliers and will provide valuable planning assistance to the growing developer team.

Rachel Brooks, Southampton-based Partner at Foot Anstey said: "We have experienced significant growth in our Southampton office over the past few years, expanding our presence in the region. We are thrilled to be welcoming Heather and Marianne, their legal expertise will no doubt be an asset to the firm, and we can't wait to see what they do at Foot Anstey."

Foot Anstey's Southampton office has seen remarkable growth since opening its doors in 2017 and it recently announced its expansion in the White Building where it has taken a further suite - the firm is now spread across two and a half floors. In addition, Foot Anstey has grown its Private Wealth and Commercial Property presence through senior hires and most recently expanded its Rural, Estates and Farms presence in the region.

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