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Ramsdens Solicitors is strengthening its Company and Commercial practice by appointing Adam Cockcroft to step up to take the reins of the nine-strong team, supported by former head Stephen Newman.

Having joined Ramsdens in 2010, Mr Cockcroft has played a key role in the growth of the practice acting for a diverse range of clients from small businesses to large corporates, across a broad range of sectors spanning healthcare, retail, industry and professional services. He also represents a number of clients with large property portfolios, and his specialisms include sales, acquisitions, mergers and corporate re-organisations.

Former Head of Company & Commercial, Stephen Newman, who is stepping aside from leading the team after more than two decades, remains a partner and will continue to advise his clients and assist Adam Cockroft as the team continues to grow and build its reputation.

Mr Newman said: “It is time to hand over leadership of the team to the next generation of lawyers. For any business to thrive, it’s important to acknowledge when to make change, and Adam is an excellent lawyer whose enthusiasm and new ideas will take the practice into a bright and exciting future.

“Stepping back from head of the practice also gives me the opportunity to concentrate on what I enjoy most, serving the needs of this firm’s clients. My passion for my work has never diminished and I am looking forward to getting back to the ‘coalface’.”

Mr Cockroft commented: “With our long-established name, which is trusted by businesses and individuals throughout Yorkshire, I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the company and commercial practice into the next phase of our development. It will very much be about harnessing the latest technology and modern ways of working while delivering the outstanding service our clients have come to expect.

“Stephen’s knowledge and years of experience will be invaluable as he supports our dynamic team which includes some of the region’s most talented dealmakers. With deal volume and size increasing every year, we have established a solid client base and have our sights set on further growth.”

With a heritage of providing a wide range of legal services to businesses and individuals for more than 150 years, Ramsdens Solicitors has 11 offices throughout Yorkshire. Our multi-award winning law firm has a Partner count of 42, leading the 230 strong team.