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Corporate Team scoops Law Firm of the Year at Insider Dealmakers Awards

Image- John Hamer and Debbie Jackson accept the award from Peter Heckingbottom, Pearson Jones.

Walker Morris wins at dealmakers award for second consecutive year

The Corporate Team at Walker Morris has won the coveted 'Law Firm of the Year' Award at the eagerly anticipated Insider Dealmakers Awards.

The awards recognise the leading figures in the Yorkshire deal making community and were presented by Insider's editor Adam Lovell, in front of an audience of over 600 at New Dock Hall.

The Team has been involved in a number of deals throughout the year including advising Servelec Group plc on its £120 million IPO on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange which was also awarded the Dealmakers 'Public Market Deal of the Year' at last night's awards. This was the largest software company IPO for a decade and one of the few IPOs on the Main Market to be handled outside London.

The Team was also recognised for advising InTechnology Plc on the sale of its subsidiary InTechnlogy Managed Services Limited to Redcentric for £65 million, and Endless LLP on the sale of bathstore as part of a management buyout. 

Head of Corporate John Hamer said:

"We are delighted to have won this award which is recognition for the effort and commitment of all the Team.  I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all the Team for their hard work and client dedication during a busy year. Not only have we been able to act on some of the region's largest M&A deals but our Equity Capital Markets expertise continues to attract this specialist work." 

John Hamer was the recipient of both the 'Corporate Lawyer of the Year Award' and also 'Dealmaker of the Year Award' at last year's Yorkshire Business Insider's Dealmaker Awards.  And earlier this year corporate partner Debbie Jackson was listed in The Lawyer's 'Hot 100' recognising her as one of the top 100 UK lawyers across all disciplines.

Walker Morris celebrates award-winning Banking Litigation Team

The Banking Litigation Team at law firm Walker Morris has been named as 'Law Firm of the Year' by Mortgage Finance Gazette, in recognition of its investment in its specialist legal expertise.

The prestigious awards, which reward achievements within the industry, reflect the Team's expertise in complex recovery cases, mortgage fraud and professional negligence and the fact that the Team serves a nationwide client base covering all types of financial institutions from large high street banks to small niche lenders.

The Team has grown significantly during the last few years, to become one of the largest and most experienced practices in England and Wales with over 75 solicitors and fee earners.

The Team has developed a number of solutions for its lender clients to streamline processes, reduce evictions and increase lender security. Notably what stands the Team apart is its reputation for helping lenders with sensitive matters.

Head of Banking Litigation at Walker Morris, Andrew Beck, said:

"We are really delighted with the Award which recognises our efforts to develop market-leading legal solutions tailored to the mortgage industry. In line with the strategy of the wider firm, we have invested time and resources in developing specialist expertise to provide our clients with a complete service. Our ability to resolve complex, sensitive and high profile matters has earned us national recognition.

"But this is a people business. It's about true teamwork and this award is testament to the hard work of all the Team. I would like to take the opportunity to thank them as well as our clients."

Winners announced for 20th Anniversary Children's Charity Calendar Competition

Walker Morris hosts special Ceremony and Exhibition at The Tetley

Walker Morris has announced the winners and runners-up for the landmark 20th Anniversary edition of its Children's Charity Calendar Painting Competition.

The winners and runners-up attended a special Presentation Ceremony held at the iconic Tetley, where Walker Morris is hosting an unprecedented public Exhibition of over 250 paintings from across the 20 years of the Competition.

This year's winning and runner-up paintings will be on display as part of the Exhibition at the Tetley, which opened on Friday 7th November and runs until Sunday 16th November.

The 13 winners, one for each month of the year, plus the front page, were all presented with a hamper full of artists' materials, plus a cheque for their schools for £250.  The 34 runners-up also received a prize each.

All the proceeds from the sale of the Calendar go to Martin House Children's Hospice, which cares for Children and Young People with progressive life limiting illnesses, and provides support to their families.

This year, as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration, Walker Morris has launched an auction book which will run for the duration of the Exhibition.  The auction is a unique opportunity to purchase one of the paintings and all the proceeds will go directly to Martin House Children's Hospice.

Walker Morris partner and judge in the Competition, David Smedley, said:

"We are delighted for the winners and runners-up who have helped to make our 20th Anniversary Calendar very special.  We never imagined when the Competition was launched 20 years ago it would develop to have such enduring and award-winning success.  It is testament to the creativity and talent of our region's children and the support and of the schools, parent and teachers that it has become one of the longest running arts projects of its kind.  I'm grateful to my fellow judges, internationally renowned artist Ashley Jackson, and Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing for their commitment and support.  And I'd also like to thank our clients, contacts and members of the public who continue to support the Calendar by buying it each year."

Ashley Jackson commented:

"The Walker Morris Calendar has finally come of age as it celebrates its 20th year and I feel like a proud parent having been fortunate to have been a judge on the competition throughout all the years. The longevity of the Calendar is in no small part down to the passionate commitment of Walker Morris, the school teachers and to the children who submit their paintings.  I wish to thank them all,  for they shine a light on the great emerging talent of Yorkshire art whilst raising funds for Martin's House Children's Hospice.

"The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the children to see their work hung in a professional exhibition space and I am sure they will be excited to play a role in celebrating the iconic landmark occasion of twenty years of the Calendar Competition. I wish to congratulate everyone who has ever taken part whether they have become part of the calendar or not they have all played a role in the longevity of the competition.....here's to celebrating the next 20 years!"

Calendars are now on sale for £5.00. Please contact emily.gouldthorpe@walkermorris.co.uk or tel: 0113 283 2500.

Walker Morris celebrates opening of its 20th Anniversary Calendar Competition Exhibition with charity auction

Walker Morris to raise funds for Martin House Children's Hospice with first ever auction of paintings from 20 years of its Calendar Competition

Walker Morris is hoping to raise money for charity by holding a unique auction of the paintings from two decades of its Children's Charity Calendar Competition.

The auction forms part of the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of its Children's Calendar Painting Competition which opens Friday 7th November. To commemorate this milestone, Walker Morris is hosting a special exhibition at the iconic Tetley. The Exhibition is an unprecedented collection of over 260 paintings spanning the 20 years of the Calendar Competition. The Exhibition opened on Friday 7th November and will run until Sunday 16th November.

The auction presents a one-off limited opportunity to purchase the paintings from across the 20 years of the competition. The auction will run for the duration of the Exhibition and all the proceeds raised will go to Martin House Children's Hospice which cares for children and young people with progressive life limiting illnesses and provides support to their families.

David Smedley, part at Walker Morris and one of three judges in the Calendar Competition said:

"We are delighted to be celebrating two decades of our Children's Charity Calendar Competition with this very special Exhibition at The Tetley. We never dared to believe when we started the Competition in 1995 that it would enjoy such longevity and success. It is testament to the creativity and talent in our region's schools and would like to thank them for their tremendous support over the years. I'd also like to thank my fellow judges, internationally renowned artist Ashley Jackson, and Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing for their commitment and support.

"The paintings are always a joy to see and are of an exceptionally high standard. So much so, that we are often asked if they are for sale. Therefore as this is a very special year we are delighted to be hosting a one-off silent auction for charity. All the proceeds from the sales of the Calendar go to Martin House Children's Hospice and we hope the auction will continue to help to raise vital funds for this very worthy cause."

Ashley Jackson commented:

"The Walker Morris Calendar has finally come of age as it celebrates its 20th year and I feel like a proud parent having been fortunate to have been a judge on the competition throughout all the years. The longevity of the Calendar is in no small part down to the passionate commitment of Walker Morris, the school teachers and to the children who submit their paintings. I wish to thank them all for they shine a light on the great emerging talent of Yorkshire art whilst raising funds for Martin's House Children's Hospice. What better role can we ask of our children than to assist others through their creative expression and I am honoured to have played a part ....here's to celebrating the next 20 years!"

The Calendar Competition was launched in 1995 with the clear objective of raising the awareness of the importance of art and creativity in schools and raising money for Martin House Children's Hospice. Winning pupils receive hampers of painting materials and the schools themselves receive a grant towards art. This award-winning initiative has allowed primary schools, particularly those under financial pressure, to provide additional art resources, teaching and art clubs for its pupils. Over the years, winners' paintings have been exhibited at the National Media Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, Harewood House and on the Saatchi Gallery website.

Bids for the auction can be made at The Tetley between Friday 7th November and Sunday 16th November.

Chair of Walker Morris International Group to join prestigious line-up of judges for The Lawyer European Awards 2015

Malcolm Simpson, Head of the International Group at Walker Morris is one of a 25-strong stellar line-up of judges for The Lawyer European Awards 2015 announced this week.

The judging panel includes a number of partners from UK top 50 firms and US powerhouses responsible for managing their firms’ relationships with independent European outfits, as well as European-focused general counsel from a range of sectors.

Malcolm, like his fellow judges, brings a wealth of experience within the Continental European legal market as well as specialist knowledge within his field of expertise.  He is ranked in the top tier for commercial dispute work in both leading independent directories of the legal profession in the UK.  As Chair of the firm's International Group and long standing head of the Walker Morris US practice, he is trusted adviser to global corporations headquartered in the US, Asia and Europe on a diverse range of complex disputes including distribution agreements, contracts and warranties, JVs, product recalls and negligence.

Details of categories can be found here.

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