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Alex Barrett

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Alex Barrett

Associate Consultant - Legal

I focus on the recruitment of qualified solicitors across all commercial practice areas into permanent positions within Private Practice.

 

My clients range from leading US and UK international firms through to a number of West-end and boutique practices.

 

I qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand after studying law at the University of Otago. I worked in a private practice in New Zealand before relocating to London. I have experience in the recruitment sector working with leading firms and lawyers across the legal spectrum.

 

Outside of work I am an avid traveller, you can find me exploring London and ticking off my European bucket list. I love attending live music and going to music festivals. If I was not in recruitment, I would be an international food blogger.

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Alex was really fantastic throughout the process for me. Very helpful both in terms of giving me useful, meaningful preparation for interviews and also dedicating a great deal of time to me to chat and make me feel confident in my decision-making. She was especially helpful given the impact of coronavirus ...

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January 2020: Legal Movers and Shakers

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Stay up-to-date with the movers and shakers in the legal sector. Here are the key movements in January 2020: Hogan Lovells has announced that Raj Panasar will be joining the firm as a Capital Markets Partner in the Corporate Practice team in the London office. He will be joining from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP on 1 January 2020. DLA Piper has hired Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope as Partners in its litigation and regulatory practice in London. Shoosmiths has welcomed Paul Alger and Choisanne Man as Partners in its Real Estate team in London. Stephenson Harwood has added three new Partners to its London-based Private Equity team: Malcolm MacDougall, Adam Crossley and Richard Coleman join the firm from Charles Russell Speechlys. Finance lawyer, Don Brown has joined Stephenson Harwood’s London office as a Partner. Six lawyers have recently been promoted to Partner at Veale Wasbrough Vizards. In the London office Bob Fahy (employment) has been made up to Partner. Gowling WLG has announced that Andy Stylianou will become the UK LLP’s new Chair - effective from May 2020. The appointment follows the decision of the firm’s current chair, Andrew Witts, to return to his fraud and asset recovery practice full-time in spring 2020. Schillings has expanded its Cyber and Information Security team with the appointment of Peter Yapp, who joins the firm as Partner to lead the Cyber team. Capsticks has announced that Martin Hamilton has been reappointed as the firm’s Managing Partner for a further term through to April 2023. There have been two judicial appointments at Herbert Smith Freehills in London. Disputes Partner Tom Leech QC has been appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge . Meanwhile, Senior Associate Graeme Robertson has been appointed Recorder (Deputy Circuit Judge). Baker McKenzie has re-appointed Alex Chadwick as London Managing Partner. Baker McKenzie has announced the hire of Private Equity Partner Justin Hutchinson. He will join the firm’s Private Equity team in London, at the start of 2020, from Kirkland & Ellis. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has promoted 15 Attorneys to Partners, effective 1 January 2020. Weil Gotshal & Manges has announced that Neil Devaney is joining the firm as a Partner in its Business Finance & Restructuring practice in London. Duane Morris LLP has announced that Samuel J Pearse has joined as a Partner in the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in the firm’s London office. Edwin Coe has appointed Sean Bannister as Head of Tax. Trowers & Hamlins and Manucci Advogados have launched a new initiative to support cross-border investment and trade between Brazil and the UK. Mazars has appointed Frank Strachan as a Partner and Head of Tax Investigations. Shoosmiths has appointed Thomas Morrison to its Financial Services team. Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has appointed Ben Denison as Director of Information Technology with effect from 6 January 2020. Veale Wasbrough Vizards has announced a number of promotions. In the firm’s London office Dominic Speedie (commercial litigation) and Joanna Goddard (regulatory & compliance) have been promoted to Senior Associates. Kingsley Napley has announced that Alison Riley will be joining the firm’s International Crime team as Legal Counsel in January 2020. Charlotte Duly has joined Charles Russell Speechlys’ Intellectual Property Group as Head of Brand Protection. Taylor Rose TTKW has promoted Senior Conveyancer Liz Lennox as Head of Residential Conveyancing in Peterborough. Sacker & Partners has announced the appointment of Angela Stafford as Associate in its know-how team. James Wood has joined Stewarts Law as a Legal Director within the Personal Injury team. He joins from Aspire Law. Marriott Harrison LLP has welcomed solicitor Rima Mehay to the firm’s Employment team. OGR Stock Denton has expanded its family law practice with the appointment of solicitor Holly Covington. Eversheds Sutherland has welcomed Partner Simon Lightman to its Technology practice. Pinsent Masons has appointed Andrew Sackey as a Contentious Tax Partner in its London office. Ashurst has announced the appointment of Anna-Marie Slot as the firm’s first Global Sustainability Partner. Allen & Overy’s Andrew Ballheimer is to step down as Global Managing Partner at the end of his current term on 30 April 2020 and retire from the firm. For more information about this article, or to speak to Alex Barrett about your recruiting needs or Legal jobs in London or Nationwide, contact her on 020 7269 6342 or alex.barrett@pro-legal.co.uk. Back to Legal Movers & Shakers Archive >>

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Lawyers Rank Top for Service Satisfaction in Legal Needs Survey

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Lawyers in England and Wales ranked highest for service satisfaction in the largest ever legal needs survey conducted by the Legal Services Board and Law Society. The survey revealed a glowing endorsement of the quality of service provided by solicitors, but also showed gaps in access to justice which need to be addressed. The survey of the Legal Needs of Individuals in England and Wales - the largest of its kind - reveals the advantages of the public understanding the legal landscape and seeking professional legal advice. Based on data collected by YouGov online between February and March 2019 from 28,663 people, the survey covered 34 different legal issues and is the first study to use OECD guidance on how to develop legal needs surveys, profiling the population by income and decision-making capabilities. Six in ten adults (64%) experienced a legal problem in the last four years, including 53% who faced a contentious problem. Most common were issues with a defective service or professional (26%), anti-social behaviour by neighbours (14%), buying or selling a property (11%), making or changing a will (11%), and employment-related issues (11%). Solicitors ranked highest for service satisfaction - 90% of people were satisfied with the service they had received from a solicitor (compared to 74% from unregulated providers) and 84% thought that their solicitor provided value for money. Respondents of the survey were most likely to choose a solicitor as their main adviser - 30% rising to 40% for a contentious issue - and doctors, advisers in the not-for-profit sector, law centres and Citizens Advice Bureau made up 32% of all main advisers. Despite the endorsement for solicitors, the legal needs survey also reveals significant gaps in access to justice. Legal issues can have a serious negative impact on people's lives, and the survey found that nearly one in three people faced with a contentious issue either didn't seek professional legal help, wanted help but couldn't get any, or had to wait more than two years for a resolution. On top of this, of the two-thirds who did receive help, only 55% was from professional services and 11% from friends and family. Low levels of legal confidence (and income), less understanding of their legal rights, and low perceptions that justice is accessible were the main reasons people were less likely to seek legal professional help. This includes the perception it would be too expensive, thinking it would make no difference, not knowing where or how to get advice, and believing it would be too difficult to get professional help for contentious issues. The survey also revealed demographic discrepancies when assessing whether people would seek professional legal help. Older people were most likely to seek the help of a solicitor and 45% of those aged 65+ would obtain advice from just one provider, whereas people aged 18-29 tend to shop around and find information on 4+ providers. The Legal Services Board has said that it will act upon this fresh evidence of an 'access to justice gap' to pursue its deregulatory agenda. The LSB Chair Dr Helen Phillips said: "This survey reveals a significant access to justice gap. For a variety of reasons people do not always seek legal advice - it's vital that we remove barriers that prevent people from accessing help. This includes building legal capability and encouraging people to shop around for services. When people understand their legal rights and responsibilities, it makes a real difference to their confidence and their ability to access justice." Simon Davis, President of the Law Society of England and Wales echoes this sentiment, saying that this survey "brings home the need to build better public understanding of legal issues and clear, accessible pathways to get professional legal advice. Our future justice system should be one that prioritises public legal education so people understand their rights, legal issues and how to access justice". People often need the help of legal services at the most important and often vulnerable times. Whether they're seeking redress from a poor service, buying or selling property, or a victim of crime, everyone should be in a position where they know their legal rights and are able to access professional support if they need it. The gaps revealed by this extensive survey will hopefully assist the government and legal service providers in understanding and serving the legal needs of the people in England and Wales. For more information on this article, or to speak to us about hiring the right legal professional for your organisation, contact Alex Barrett on 020 7269 6367 or alex.barrett@pro-legal.co.uk.

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