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VWV Celebrates Three Partner Promotions

Award-winning national law firm VWV continues to strengthen its partnership, with three lawyers being promoted to Partner bringing the firm’s total number to 93.

The Partners span three teams – Kenji Batchelor in Corporate, Jaime Hobday in Charities and Sarah Martin in VWV’s subsidiary brand Narrow Quay HR.

VWV Managing Partner Simon Heald commented:

“Congratulations to Kenji, Jaime and Sarah on their well-deserved promotions. They have all significantly contributed to VWV’s success and growth. I am thrilled to welcome them to the growing partnership at VWV.”

Kenji joined the firm in 2019 with a broad practice advising charities on a wide range of governance and commercial matters. Since joining VWV, Kenji has developed an expertise in working with independent schools on strategic projects and structural change within the firm’s leading education practice. Kenji has been recommended in the independent legal directories as providing “knowledgeable and proactive advice to clients”.

Jaime, who joined the firm in 2013 as a solicitor when VWV launched a Birmingham office, will be leading the firm’s Academies and Maintained Schools team for the Midlands, primarily advising maintained schools, academies and multi-academy trusts on the wide range of governance, regulatory and other matters that they face. Jaime will also continue to advise charities both local and national alongside fellow charities partner, Shivaji Shiva.

Sarah, who joined the firm in 2012, co-founded and is a Director of Narrow Quay HR, VWV’s HR consultancy. Prior to becoming a HR specialist, Sarah spent many years as an employment lawyer. Sarah uses the skills she developed as a lawyer to ensure she can support clients across a range of sectors. Recently Sarah has led on a collaboration with Albion Legal to offer legal protection insurance to clients seeking to manage the risks of employment claims.

In addition to the Partner promotions, 10 more of the firm’s legal staff have achieved promotions to Associate or Senior Associate.

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