Movers & Shakers: Ipswich law firm Prettys adopts ‘bold approach’ with restructure

Partners Georgie Hall and Matthew Cole will lead the newly created service lines. Picture: PRETTYS

Partners Georgie Hall and Matthew Cole will lead the newly created service lines. Picture: PRETTYS - Credit: Prettys

Ipswich-based law firm Prettys has restructured its service offering to reflect the changing needs of its clients.

The revised structure will align the firm’s specialist departments into broader commercial and private client teams.

The aim is to better co-ordinate services and deliver a more cohesive approach for its clients, who frequently ask different areas of the business to work on a range of matters, and want both corporate and private legal advice, it said.

The changes will enable improved communication and offer more cost-effective solutions for clients, it added.

The two service lines will be led by partner Matthew Cole, who will lead for commercial, and partner Georgie Hall, who will lead for private client, in two newly-created client service lead roles.

Together with the heads of each of the specialist teams, Matthew and Georgie will focus on improving services, managing and identifying improvements for clients. They will each be supported by a senior associate who will operate as head of client service.

The workspace has also been restructured so relevant teams sit alongside colleagues and support staff within the service lines.

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Each service line will also have a dedicated lead for sales and marketing to further strengthen and support the growth of the business.

Chief executive Ian Carr said the firm wanted to put its clients at the centre of all it does.

“Their needs are constantly changing and our new, cross practice approach has been designed to offer a seamless service,” he said.

“We don’t want to stand still. After reviewing our operations, we decided on this bold approach and we are confident it will deliver the success our clients demand.”

•Insurance brokers and financial services provider Lycetts has strengthened its Newmarket team with the appointment of commercial insurance specialist Douglas Dew.

Douglas, who will help support and expand Lycetts’ client base across Suffolk and the wider East of England region, joins from commercial insurance broker GRP Insurance and brings with him more than 30 years of industry experience.

Commercial insurance director Colin Sadler said: “This latest appointment strengthens our service offering in Newmarket and reflects of our commitment to ensuring our pole position is maintained. Douglas has an impressive track record and we are delighted to have him on board.”

Douglas said he was “relishing the opportunity to be a part of such a valued company”.

“I hope my extensive industry experience will help contribute to an already strong, forward-thinking team.”

•Grove Court, an Elizabeth Finn care home based in Woodbridge, is celebrating after one of its team members scooped a Great British South East Care Award.

Unit manager Millie Carey, who has worked at the home for five years, won the Good Nurse Award at an awards ceremony in Brighton, where she was praised for her dedication to those she was caring for.

The dual registered home provides care for residential residents and those with complex nursing needs. Following her win of a regional award, Millie now goes forward to national Great British Care Awards which will take place at Birmingham’s ICC in Spring 2018.

Millie said: “I am very grateful to have received this award. It is proof that with complete dedication, an endless passion for nursing and an amazing team to work with, that the possibilities are endless. I would highly recommend that anyone who is thinking about going into a nursing career does it - you will never look back. If this I what I can achieve in five years, I am excited to see what is ahead in my career.”

General manager Helen Jones said Millie’s passion for nursing shone through in every aspect of her work.

“It is great to work with a young nurse who can see the amazing opportunities the adult social care sector can offer qualified nurses,” she said. “I am immensely proud of Millie.”

•Suffolk-based construction industry marketing and public relations firm Satellite MPR has welcomed two new members of the team - account executive Susanna Annesley, and consultant and copywriter Jane Spence.

Susanna has a doctorate in history and a passion for all aspects of the built environment. She brings to the business huge knowledge, an aptitude for data analysis and rigour in research, and a wealth of client-facing experience.

Jane, who has a Cambridge Master of Arts degree in archaeology and English, studied history of art and architecture in Italy and is an award-winning PR consultant and journalist. Her background includes newspapers, broadcast, media relations and corporate communications, and she has been a producer/director on BBC and Channel 4 flagship programmes including Newsnight, Today, Dispatches, Countryfile and The Money Programme. She is also a Bachelor of Laws and has an interest in planning law, having undergone solicitor training.

Claire Lalaguna, founder and managing director of the firm, which is based at Hasketon, near Woodbridge, said: “I’m happy to say that our reputation as the PR agency for the built environment means we attract high calibre professionals with the expertise and desire to work in this very exciting and complex sector.”

•East Bergholt giant tipi hire company Events Under Canvas has appointed Greg Allen as operations manager. The appointment comes after a bumper year which saw the team undertake over 180 events across East Anglia and beyond.

Greg joins from Hadleigh firm Erben, and brings with him more than 40 years’ experience in operations and management. His long career includes 12 years as facilities manager with St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, and 20 years with the Parachute Regiment in the British Army.

In his new role, Greg will be working alongside seasoned professional Hugh Boyd-Lambley who has been with the company since its inception in 2013. Together they will be responsible for leading operational staff in the successful, safe and high-quality delivery of outside events, as well as ensuring team leaders are well-trained and prepared to fulfil their duties.

“I am thrilled to be joining the family,” said Greg. “The team has a real passion and enthusiasm for everything they do and as a result has been growing at an impressive rate. I am keen to bring all my experience to the fore, working alongside Hugh as we embark on another busy year”.

Founder and director Jenna Ackerley said: “I am so pleased to welcome Greg to the team. I’m confident that he and Hugh are going to work brilliantly together – the perfect mix of experience and youthful exuberance - and I look forward to seeing their relationship develop during what will be a really exciting year for Events Under Canvas.”

•Melissa Abbott has been appointed as sustainability and corporate social responsibility coordinator at Stowmarket malt firm Muntons.

Melissa has been with the company for 17 years and in her new role she will be responsible for the implementation and development of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy while taking an industry lead in sustainability.

The firm said the appointment should ensure that it continues to lead the industry with its sustainability strategies while also positively engaging with the local community.