Surrey-based law firm, Downs Solicitors, announces partner promotions in two Surrey offices, strengthening the firm’s activity as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The law firm has promoted two senior associates to the role of partner: Jenna Hopkins, senior associate in the private client department in Godalming and Gemma Taylor, senior associate in the residential property team in Dorking will be promoted to partner from 1 July 2021.
As an experienced private client solicitor, Hopkins has developed her career over the past decade helping clients to draft wills and powers of attorney, as well as advising on the administration of estates and tax planning. She started her role at Downs Solicitors in 2018 and also holds a STEP Diploma in trusts and estates and is a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
Taylor has more than 12 years’ experience in the property sector, specialising in residential property work such as freehold and leasehold sales and purchases. She also advises on re-mortgages and transfers of equity as well as shared ownership and Help To Buy transactions.
Alongside the two promotions, Downs Solicitors is pleased to announce that Laura Marchington has become a qualified notary public – a specialist solicitor who can prepare, attest, authenticate and certify deeds and other documents intended for use anywhere in the world. Marchington’s qualification is a significant milestone for the firm as there are few notary publics around, but Downs Solicitors now has four.
This news comes as fellow notary public, Sarah Thomas, announces her forthcoming retirement in October.
Senior partner, Chris Millar, said: "As we reach the other side and look towards a post-pandemic world, both Jenna and Gemma’s impressive track record within their respective teams will dovetail into their new roles as partner. They both have a very strong ethos when it comes to client care and making clients’ journeys as pain-free as possible.
"I would like to offer my congratulations to Jenna, Gemma and Laura, as well as extend my very best wishes to Sarah as she enters retirement this October.”