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Coffin Mew appointments set to deliver law firm’s growth plans


Coffin Mew Solicitors have announced an expansion of their agricultural and corporate law teams at the firm’s Thames Valley office.


Agricultural and rural business expert Derek Walsh and international corporate transactions specialist Tim Watkins are both set to strengthen the firm’s depth of expertise and market knowledge.


“Partner Derek Walsh will head up our agricultural and rural business practice,” said a spokesperson for Coffin Mew.


“Previously he worked for 12 years as an agricultural specialist at another leading law firm, where he focused on representing farmers and rural businesses nationwide on sector-specific contract disputes, trading standards and regulatory investigations and property disputes.”


Derek Walsh added:


“I am very excited to be tasked with developing Coffin Mew’s agricultural and rural practice – agriculture and food production is currently high on the British agenda and with the inevitable changes ahead, farming and rural businesses will require sound legal and commercial advice.


“Having worked in the sector for over 12 years, I am looking forward to providing that advice to clients across the Thames Valley and the Southern regions.”


Partner Tim Watkins joins Coffin Mew’s corporate law department from an independent legal practice in the United Arab Emirates, where he spent 15 years managing cross-border acquisitions and high-profile commercial projects, said the firm – including the establishment of Abu Dhabi’s national airline, Etihad Airways.


Tim Watkins said:


“With Coffin Mew recently announcing turnover growth exceeding thirty percent, I am delighted to be joining at what is clearly an important time.


“I hope my extensive corporate experience – combined with my strong understanding of the commercial realities within which large international firms must operate – will support Coffin Mew’s ambition to become a £20 million firm by 2020.


“I am also very pleased to return to the UK, after working overseas for so long.”


The firm said that the appointments were the latest strategic hires at Coffin Mew, which is seeking to build its market share, visibility and client portfolios across all its key sectors of real estate, agriculture and rural business, care and protection, and technology.


Coffin Mew CEO Miles Brown said:


“We are excited to see what Tim and Derek will bring in terms of knowledge, expertise and contacts – their appointments are part of a wider strategy to increase our investment, deliver growth plans for the firm and broaden our service offer to privately owned and managed businesses.


“I warmly welcome Tim and Derek to the Coffin Mew family and wish them every success going forward.”


The firm has offices at Brighton, Gosport, Newbury, Portsmouth, Southampton, Swindon and Wantage and offers advice to corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as families.



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