Senior promotions at Willans

Clockwise from top left – Adam Hale, Mary Young, Tom O’Riordan and Miranda Hawkes


Gloucestershire-based law firm Willans has made a series of senior promotions, including one to partner and three to associate level.

Adam Hale becomes the firm’s newest partner, after three years as senior associate in the firm’s agriculture and estates team. Wills, trusts & probate specialists Miranda Hawkes and Tom O’Riordan become associates, along with residential property lawyer Mary Young.

Hale’s promotion to partner brings the firm’s partner count to 14. The agricultural law specialist advises rural businesses, farmers and private landowners on a wide range of issues relating to rural land management and the disposal of development land and has extensive experience in dealing with complex land transactions.

Chartered legal executive Mary Young has been promoted to associate in the firm’s residential property team. Youn has practised property law in Cheltenham for more than 15 years.

In Willans’ wills, trusts and probate division, chartered legal executive Miranda Hawkes and solicitor Tom O’Riordan have both been promoted to associate level. 

Hawkes returned to Willans in 2020 after working as a senior private client lawyer in a Malvern-based firm and has more than 12 years’ experience in private client law.

O’Riordan re-joined Willans in August 2020, having worked in the firm’s wills, trusts & probate team for many years prior to a year and a half at another regional private client firm. He specialises in helping clients with the creation of trusts and the administration of trusts and estates.

Bridget Redmond, managing partner, said: “I am really proud of Adam, Mary, Miranda and Tom and I look forward to seeing them thrive as partner and associates, respectively.

“Each has shown clear commitment to providing clients with first-class legal advice in a responsive, approachable way. That is very much the Willans ethos and it is why we have earned the trust of generations of clients.”



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