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Six new directors join Squire Patton Boggs

27 March 2020

Squire Patton Boggs has announced six new directors in its Birmingham office, with the promotion of four senior lawyers and two new appointments.

Victoria Jeacock and Kate Bailey (Pensions), Michelle Adams (Real Estate Litigation) and Sam Tibbetts (Intellectual Property & Technology) comprise this year’s cohort of newly promoted directors, while Glyn Ryland and Vivien Cockerill join The Trustee Corporation Limited, Squire Patton Boggs’ professional trustee business.

Ms Jeacock and Ms Bailey have established themselves as rising stars within the pensions industry. With more than 10 years’ experience working with UK occupational pension schemes, Ms Jeacock co-ordinates the firm’s national public sector pensions group and is a pension investment specialist, both major growth areas for the team.

Ms Bailey, who trained and qualified with the firm, advises on all aspects of occupational pension plan management for both defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements. She has advised on a £1.5 billion three-into-one pension scheme merger for a global industrial products business.

Head of the Real Estate Litigation team in Birmingham, Ms Adams is experienced in a broad range of property-related disputes for financial institutions, retail, media and logistics.

She has also developed a particular specialism in telecommunications, which is also a growing area for the team. Last year, she won the legal category of the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year and Future Faces Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Future Face of Legal award.

Mr Tibbetts’ expertise covers a wide area of commercial contracts, collaboration agreements and contracts relating to data handling and security.

Recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in IT and telecoms by The Legal 500, he has wide experience in assisting clients on the acquisition and implementation of core IT systems and the development of their online presence. He has also spent time on secondments to the in-house commercial legal teams at ITV, E.ON, National Grid and Iron Mountain.

Mr Ryland was head of the UK Pensions Team at Gowling WLG for 20 years, where he advised a range of pension plan and employer clients in both the UK and internationally, with plan sizes ranging from multibillion-pound plans, to smaller or executive pension plans.

Mr Ryland was a founder member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers' Investment Sub-Committee and he is a trustee of the International Longevity Centre UK specialist think tank. He is recognised as an “Eminent Practitioner” by Chambers and Partners and is in The Legal 500’s “Hall of Fame”.

Ms Cockerill is an experienced pensions lawyer and professional trustee with wide experience gained from more than 30 years in the pensions industry.

She chairs the £1.3 billion Schroders Retirement Benefits Scheme and the staff pension plans of the Wellcome Trust, where she also sits on the defined contribution governance group. 

Nick Green, office managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Birmingham, said: “I would like to congratulate our new directors on their well-deserved promotions and welcome Glyn and Vivien to the firm.

“Whether our lawyers are homegrown or have joined us from other firms, we are focused on creating the right climate to enable them to flourish and establish long and successful careers. We wish them every continued success.”

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