Lincoln and Newark-based solicitors Andrew & Co has appointed Paul Simpson as its new Head of Corporate and Commercial following the departure of Helen Bell.
Helen, who has been at the helm for the last five years, is moving to France to start a new venture.
Paul, who is currently an Associate Solicitor with the firm will be stepping into her shoes.
Helen said: “I have been with Andrew & Co Solicitors for nearly five years and in that time we have developed a strong, credible Corporate & Commercial team working with clients all over the country. I am sad to leave the team but very excited to pursue my new venture in life, starting a luxury retreats business in France.
“I am confident that Paul will lead the team to even greater success. He has a lot of experience in the corporate field and I know that our clients will benefit from his extensive knowledge.”
Paul, who lives in Newark, was previously a director at the Nottingham office of a national law firm and has worked in corporate law for over 15 years.
He has acted for a range of clients including individuals, partnerships, management teams, private equity funds, banks and investors.
The 43-year-old has experience in a broad range of corporate matters including management buy-ins and buyouts, acquisitions, disposals, shareholder and joint venture arrangements and partnership agreements.
He has also worked on several high-profile jobs including the sale by Steeper Group of its Bebionic Division to German prosthetics company Otto Bock and the management buyout of the NEC Group.
Paul said: “Although I’m very sad to see Helen go, I’m looking forward to taking over the reins and further strengthening Andrew & Co Solicitors’ reputation as one of the most highly regarded corporate practices in the county.
“Since joining the practice six months ago I’ve already had the pleasure of working with many of our existing corporate and commercial clients and introduced some new ones which is something I hope to continue to do in my new role.”