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Law Firm Strengthened With Five New Associates

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A Swansea-based law firm has strengthened its team with four promotions and an appointment, following a period of significant growth.

Douglas-Jones Mercer (DJM) Solicitors has promoted Hana Sutherland, Natalie Thomas, Aisha Wardell and Jonathan Cudd to Associate while also welcoming new Associate Helen Van Willegen to the team.

29 year-old Sutherland completed her training during the first two years at DJM before spending the next three years working across both the Commercial and Residential Property teams.

Initially trained in Gorseinon, Thomas, 30, has worked at DJM for the last three years. She joined as a Family Lawyer and has now diversified into the Estates & Trusts team.

Wardell originally joined DJM as a paralegal before taking some time out to travel. The 28 year-old returned to the firm over four years ago and has not only completed her training, but has been an integral team member while working on some major dispute resolution cases.

Cudd, 30, returned to DJM following a training contract at the firm between 2007 and 2009. He spent five years with fellow Swansea-based Peter Lynn & Partners Solicitors before rejoining DJM and becoming a key member and now an Associate within the Estates & Trusts team.

Van Willegen, brings a wealth of experience in planning and property after working for both local authorities and private practices. After starting her career as a Chartered Town Planner, she changed paths to focus on becoming a legal professional and studied for a second degree in law before joining the City and County of Swansea to build the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. Once the building was completed, she returned to her career in commercial property law.

Barry Davies, director, Douglas-Jones Mercer Solicitors said:

“It is testament to the hard work of the team here at DJM that we have enjoyed a time of continued success. As a result, we are thrilled to promote four key employees who have made a significant impact within their teams as well as welcome Helen to the team.

“By rewarding our talented young lawyers, we hope to build on the firm’s success and continue to achieve sustained growth.”