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Promotions at Blanchards Bailey – an award-winning law firm

By Karolina Skinner
13 April 2021

Award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP has announced a raft of promotions, including two new partners, as business continues to grow.


L-R: Ben Jones, litigation and disputes and Laura Martin, head of family law at Blanchard Bailey

Five new strategic roles will strengthen the Blandford-based firm’s key sectors and bolster developing divisions. The announcement comes after a financial year in which Blanchards Bailey bucked the trend, driven by the pandemic, by reporting sustained expansion.

The firm worked hard to implement the latest technological developments embrace innovative working methods and invest heavily in staff to ensure clients were offered an unbroken service during such troubled and challenging times.

The two new partners at the Legal 500 firm are Laura Martin, head of family law, and Ben Jones, litigation & disputes.

Martin, with Blanchards Bailey since 2004, deals with all aspects of family law and is a law society accredited family mediator, meaning she is one of the most outstanding solicitors in her field. She said: “Although I am thrilled to have been made partner, my work in helping people through some of the most difficult times of their lives will continue unabated.”

Jones, with the firm since 2017, specialises in all aspects of property and company commercial disputes as well as looking after marketing. He said: “It is an honour to have been made partner. Blanchards Bailey is very much an outward-looking firm and my intention is to help drive business forward.”

Also promoted and taking up their new roles from April 1 are: Lucy Mignot, senior associate; Catherine Roberts, senior associate and Matt Collis, associate.

Managing partner Paul Dunlop said: “All five colleagues thoroughly deserve their promotions. They went through our arduous new selection process to ensure their excellence, understanding and commitment to our cause.”

Blanchards Bailey, which also has offices in Poundbury, Shaftesbury and Weymouth, was extensively recognised in the UK's leading law sector directory, The Legal 500 2020/21.