Movers & Shakers: Demelza Butler becomes partner at Blockslegal LLP

Demelza Butler, a partner at Ipswich-based legal firm Blockslegal LLP

Demelza Butler, a partner at Ipswich-based legal firm Blockslegal LLP - Credit: Archant

Demelza Butler has been promoted to the position of partner at Ipswich-based legal firm Blockslegal LLP.

Demelza, who joined the practice in 2011 and was promoted to associate in April 2013, specialises in family and matrimonial law.

Managing partner of Blockslegal, Gerry Field, described Demelza as a “tremendous asset to the firm and a further commitment to the future and reinforces the strong long term relationships that Blockslegal LLP has with its clients”.

Demelza is a member of Resolution and is also a trained collaborative lawyer.

Commenting on her appointment, Demelza said: “I am delighted to have been invited to become a member of the partnership and looking forward to working with the existing partners to continue to offer and promote the excellent personal service that the firm is renowned for.”

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Gough Hotels owns the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich and in February 2013 also acquired Southwold Pier where there are plans for a hotel development.

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Fiona joins the Bury St Edmunds-based group from Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, based in Ipswich, with previous experience from the De Vere Group, based at Dunston Hall, just outside Norwich. She brings a varied knowledge of both large corporate hotels and small privately-run family hotels.

Fiona said she was “thrilled to join Gough Hotels. She added: “Having been involved in the industry for 10 years, I’m really excited by this new challenge working with two amazing and very different and individual properties”.

Group director of sales and marketing, Alex Paul, said “I am delighted to welcome Fiona to the team. We have enjoyed a wonderful 2014 and I look forward to working with Fiona to make 2015 even better.”

: : CWind, a leading provider of integrated services to the offshore wind industry, has appointed Kurt E Thomsen to lead its global sales team.

Kurt, who most recently was recently CEO of SeaRenergy Offshore, brings more than 15 years of experience in the offshore wind industry to the role and will be responsible for leading the global sales development, ensuring customers’ needs remain CWind’s top priority.

“We’re delighted Kurt has agreed to join us,” said Peter Jorgensen, managing director at Colchester-based CWind, “He has been responsible for delivering business growth and building high-performing teams in multiple areas of the wind industry. Kurt’s experience aligns directly with our approach and his leadership skills will be vital in helping to propel our development and growth going forward.

“This appointment reflects our confidence in the increasing demand for our solutions and the opportunities the market is presenting.”

: : Colchester and Clacton–based solicitors Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) has appointed Fiona Ashworth as head of the firm’s Wills and Estates team.

Fiona has extensive experience, advising clients on their wills and succession planning, probates, Powers of Attorney (LPAs and the registration of EPAs), the administration of estates, tax and trust matters and Court of Protection applications.

She has developed a particular specialism working with elderly clients and is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an independent national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

Fiona said “I am very much looking forward to leading and developing the Wills and Estates team. TSP is a very strong firm with an excellent reputation in Colchester and the surrounding areas and I am excited as it is a firm I have always wanted to work for.”