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Law firm announces partner promotions

DLA Piper has announced two partner promotions at its Birmingham office as part of the firm’s annual promotion round - Simon Wright and George Mortimer.

Simon has been with the firm since 2010, having originally joined as a trainee. He is part of Birmingham’s Corporate team, with extensive cross-border M&A experience acting for corporate and institutional vendors, and purchasers across Europe and the US.

He also has experience advising on private equity transactions, including management buyouts, secondary buyouts, exits and debt/equity reorganisations/restructurings/refinancing’s.

George has been at DLA Piper since 2007, working in the Litigation and Regulatory team. He has extensive experience of significant professional liability and construction related claims, and of insurance and reinsurance disputes. He has also advised clients on a broad range of non-contentious insurance issues and on coverage under professional indemnity, D&O, banker's bond/commercial crime, contractor's all risks, design and construct and property policies.

Globally, DLA Piper has promoted 74 lawyers to its partnership across many of the firm’s practice areas, in 38 different offices throughout 21 countries.

DLA Piper’s head of Corporate in Birmingham Tim Lake said: “I would like to congratulate Simon on his extremely well-deserved promotion to partner. Our team has been leading the market on high value, strategic and multi-jurisdictional mandates for over a decade and a key part of that success is the continued investment  in our people. Simon’s elevation represents the team’s second Partner promotion in just three years. Simon is an invaluable member of our team, and I am very much looking forward to seeing his career continue to flourish at DLA Piper and wish him every success.”

Nick Bamford, DLA Piper’s head of Litigation and Regulation, said: “I am delighted for George on his very well-deserved promotion to the partnership. He is a leading expert in the International Reinsurance sector and has led the development of our sector offering over the past five years. George has been integral to the success of the Birmingham team and his promotion represents a further investment in the growth of our local and national practice.”

Trevor Ivory, Birmingham managing partner, said: "Simon and George are both wonderful additions to the partnership. Their promotion is the latest step in our ambitious plan to grow our presence in Birmingham and reflects our commitment to nurturing and growing our talented people."