Two lawyers who began their careers as trainees at Bath’s largest law firm, Royds Withy King, have been promoted to partners of the company.
James Worrall and Mark Hambleton, who were both ranked as “Associates to watch” in the latest edition of Chambers and Partners UK guide to the legal profession, have been promoted to partner.
James Worrall, who is described by clients as “commercially minded with good client rapport”, works in the firm’s Corporate team and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate structures, group reorganisations and exit strategies.
He acts for entrepreneurs, corporates and business owners and has a particular focus on the financial services and technology sectors.
James is part of the firm’s Bath-based Corporate team. In the latest edition of Legal 500 UK, James was recognised as a “Next generation lawyer”.
He took lead advisory roles in recent transactions such as the sale of Higos Holdings Limited to Global Risk Partners, the sale of Applicable Limited to Arkadin and the takeover of Bath City Football Club.
Mark Hambleton is described in Chambers and Partners as a “rising star”. He specialises in complex personal injury and insurance claims.
His particular specialisms are cases involving cyclists, motorcyclists, individuals who do not have the capacity to litigate, and cases involving the Animals Act. Mark is the South West regional co-ordinator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
He also writes regular blogs on ‘cycling and the law’ for Road cc and is the South West ambassador for Iconic Cycling Events.
Stuart Brazington, lead partner in the Bath office of Royds Withy King, said: “We are delighted to announce James’s and Mark’s promotions. Both new partners in our Bath office started out as trainees and learned, developed and grew with the firm.
“They put a huge amount of time and effort into their work and continually go over and above to deliver a consistently high level of service to their clients.”
Royds Withy King, which has over 500 partners and staff across its offices along the M4 corridor and in London, has also promoted five solicitors to associate and senior associate in its Bath offices.