New equity partners secure Taylor&Emmet future Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP is promoting two key members of its personal legal services team to equity partner. Respected solicitors, James Drydale and Neil Riley, are the only employees to be accepted into the firm’s most senior ranks in almost ten years. Conveyancing specialist, Neil, joined Taylor&Emmet in 2006 and has worked at all of its offices, except the most recent addition in Bakewell. His popularity with clients and industry knowledge has seen him rise quickly, securing promotion to associate only a year after his appointment and being made a partner in 2012. Neil said: “The most notable shift in my role in the years I’ve worked at Taylor&Emmet is the speed at which we convey properties. Keeping pace with clients’ expectations remains a huge challenge and going forward, we need to continue to embrace technology and adapt to change, whilst retaining the standards of customer care that set us apart from the competition.” Head of clinical negligence, James Drydale, has made a name for himself and his department in the eight years he has worked at the firm, being described by The Legal 500 last year as leading a “thorough and user-friendly team.” He became a partner in 2013 and is a senior litigator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, as well as a member of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel. James added: “Against a backdrop of regulatory change and increasing competition, Taylor&Emmet has grown steadily and now has more than 200 employees, thanks to its commercial edge and focus on what’s important. In recent years, this has included embracing the power of social media, which allows us to speak directly to local people and build a level of trust that is essential in the solicitor/client relationship.” In addition to Neil and James’ promotions, Taylor&Emmet has appointed the first non-solicitor associates in its 150-year history. Residential property experts, Sally Winter and Sally Todd, both trained vocationally, holding legal executive and licensed conveyancer qualifications respectively. Anthony Long, Taylor&Emmet’s chief executive, concluded: “We are lucky to have such a wealth of talent within our private client teams. Neil and James exemplify the positive impact enthusiasm and hard work has on the firm, both in terms of their leadership skills and client relationships and as equity partners, I have no doubt they will make a valuable contribution to our collective prospects.” For further information about Taylor&Emmet’s wide range of services for individuals, telephone (0114) 218 4000, visit www.tayloremmet.co.uk or follow the firm on Twitter, @tayloremmet.