Three new associate lawyers have joined the team at B P Collins LLP.

Welcoming Harriet King, Sarah Harding and Paul Lawton, senior partner, Simon Deans, said: “I am thrilled that we have attracted such a strong cohort of new associates, each of whom brings unique strengths and skills to the practice.

“All three have already made a very positive impact within our teams and we look forward to seeing their careers go from strength to strength.”

Sarah Harding

A new face in the family practice group, Sarah was inspired to become a lawyer after working as a secretary in a legal firm and wanted to be able to support and advise clients who are going through the most difficult period in their lives. 

After working full time and studying at night school for four years, she qualified in 2008 and became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2010, completing her training with two leading law firms in her native north east.

Sarah fulfilled an ambition by moving to London earlier this year and says she chose B P Collins because of its reputation, top tier status in Chambers and the Legal 500 and full service offering. She already has extensive experience in dealing with divorce, high value financial cases and cohabitation disputes, and was one of only four people in the country to be shortlisted in Jordan’s Family Law national law awards for Legal Executive of the Year in 2013.

A keen reader of classic literature, Sarah is also learning Spanish.

Harriet King

Arriving from the south west, where she trained in a regional law firm, Harriet King joined the corporate and commercial team in September, attracted by its “outstanding” reputation and ability to handle what she calls “London quality work in a beautiful location”.

“I always wanted a career that would challenge me and law certainly does that,” she said. “Every day is different. I love working with business people and in-house legal teams, but I also love people’s ideas, so working with smaller companies or start-up businesses and helping them to grow is a good feeling.”

With a degree in theology and philosophy from the University of Exeter, Harriet undertook a graduate diploma in law and her Legal Practice Course. A fan of the great outdoors, she loves returning to her parents’ farm in Devon as often as she can.

Paul Lawton

Having gained a law degree at Aston University, Paul worked first as a consultant before moving to a commercial role at BAE Systems, where he enjoyed a nine-month placement with the in-house legal team.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2010, he has been working for another Thames Valley law firm, gaining an extensive knowledge of employment law, including advising clients on TUPE regulations, grievances and disciplinary procedures.

“B P Collins’ employment team has a very good reputation and that’s what attracted me to make the move,” said Paul. “I cover all aspects of employment law but particularly enjoy the more contentious and complex cases where you have to be more innovative in coming up with solutions.”

His goal is to establish a strong client base and gain further experience, while away from the office, he enjoys travelling and sport.


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