Bermans, commercial law firm in Liverpool and Manchester, is delighted to announce that it has promoted 6 individuals to more senior roles at the firm.
Andrew Henderson joined Bermans in 1985 and has developed an expertise in asset finance litigation. He has been made a Partner and joins Alex Chapman, David Gledhill and Jonathan Berkson as partners in the specialist Asset Based Lending team that is ranked in the Legal 500 London Asset Finance Lending rankings.
He deals with matters such as fraud, freezing orders, title claims, delivery up claims, guarantee/indemnity claims, shortfalls and general debt recovery for a wide range of asset based lenders.
Also becoming a Partner and completing the journey from trainee solicitor to Partner is Mike Smeaton in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Mike joined Bermans in 2008 and specialises in shareholder and partnership matters, warranty and covenant claims, property litigation and complex, high-value contractual disputes.
He has recently developed a legal ‘health check’ that allows business owners to identify the aspects of their business that may need attention, especially with the pressures brought by coronavirus including, company structure, property documents, contracts with suppliers and customers, staff and policies.
Four other promotions to Senior Associate have also been confirmed for Alissa Marsh in the Asset Based Lending team and Gareth Farrelly and David Keenan in the growing specialist Sports team.
Alissa joined the asset based lending team in January 2017. Since joining, she has specialised in invoice finance, asset finance and general corporate finance. Her recent deals include advising a financial institution on the £40m sale of its client and acting for a corporate client in respect of its financial facilities amounting to over £5.5m. Alissa has also assisted the firm’s asset based lending clients in navigating the pandemic; providing support for CBILS facilities and advising on forbearance considerations.
The final promotion, they all took effect from 1 January 2021, is the promotion of Melanie Morris to Senior Associate. Melanie joined Bermans as a trainee in in 2015 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2017 into the Property Department. During this time, she has developed her own client base and has become an integral member of the team. Melanie deals with a wide range of property matters, including all types of property finance, commercial property acquisitions and sales, residential and commercial developments and acquisitions and redevelopment of buy-to-let properties. Melanie also provides property advisory support for transactions conducted by our Corporate team.
Bermans Senior Partner, Fergal O’Cleirigh (pictured), comments: “We have always prided ourselves on our staff retention record. We look to provide our young lawyers with clear career paths and opportunities for advancement as demonstrated by the achievements of Mike and Melanie. Andrew is a stalwart of our business and we are delighted to recognise his commitment and loyalty. Alissa has been with us since 2017 and has made an important contribution in the niche asset/invoice finance teams which have been specialisms since the 1980`s. Although Gareth and David have both only relatively recently joined the business, they fit in well to our culture and ethos and they will look to build their team in 2021 and beyond.”