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Tilly Bailey & Irvine Announces Six Promotions

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Award-winning law firm, Tilly Bailey & Irvine has promoted four associate solicitors to partner and two solicitors to associate with effect from 1st April 2016.

The six promotions are testament to each solicitor’s commitment to Tilly Bailey & Irvine and reinforce the firm’s commitment to all of its offices and practice areas across Teesside.

Nicola Dalzell, Kay Ditcham, Craig Malarkey and Rebecca Samuels are all promoted from associate to partner and Andrew Beattie and Stewart Haywood are promoted from solicitor to associate. The promotions bring the total number of partners in the firm to sixteen and associates to eight. 

John Hall, Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s managing partner, who this year is celebrating 40 years practising with the firm, comments:

“We believe in nurturing and developing talent and these well-deserved promotions are evidence of that commitment. I would like to congratulate all those who have been promoted and wish them the very best in their new roles.”

The four new partners are:

Nicola Dalzell becomes a partner in the firm’s private client team. Nicola was admitted as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2007 and as a solicitor in 2011. She specialises in advising individuals and business owners on all private client matters, including wills, administration of estates (including complex estates), trusts, protection of assets, inheritance tax planning, mental capacity, powers of attorney for private and business affairs and elderly client matters.

Kay Ditcham becomes a partner in the firm’s personal injury team. She joined the firm in 1995 as a legal secretary, became a legal executive in 2002 and was admitted as a solicitor in 2008.  Kay’s area of expertise is in personal injury (including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, public liability claims), industrial disease and is currently training in the field of clinical negligence. She is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Craig Malarkey qualified as a solicitor in 2006 after training at Tilly Bailey & Irvine and is based in the firm’s Wynyard office. He works in the corporate and commercial team advising companies and business people on all matters of company law and commercial contracts. His areas of expertise include share and asset sales and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, management buy outs, equity and debt investment and partnership and LLP advice. The Legal 500 refers to him as having a 'strong technical background and puts the client's interests first'.

Rebecca Samuels trained at Tilly Bailey & Irvine and qualified as a solicitor in 2005. She engages in all aspects of family work, including domestic abuse, divorce and adoption and her specialist area of work is in relation to children matters. Rebecca is currently chair of the board at My Sisters Place, a local domestic violence charity. She is also a member of Resolution and an accredited member of the Law Society Children Law Scheme.

In addition to the four partners, the firm is promoting two solicitors to the role of associate.

Andrew Beattie will become an associate in the firm’s commercial property team where he has worked since joining Tilly Bailey & Irvine. Prior to that Andrew trained and worked in the City and then in Leeds. Andrew deals with all aspects of investment property, including sales and purchases by way of conditional contracts, options and promotion agreements. He has a particular interest in agricultural property work coming from a farming family.

Stewart Haywood will become an associate in the firm’s criminal law team. He trained at the firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Stewart deals with a full range of court cases, including homicide, sexual offences, conspiracy matters, white collar crime and motoring offences.  He is also a trial advocate and youth court specialist. Stewart is a police station accredited representative, a magistrates’ court duty solicitor and a crown court advocate.