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City law firm promotes former paralegal to Partner


DKLM Solicitors has announced a raft of promotions among its legal staff in January, including a new partner who began their career as a paralegal.


The appointments from 1 January see Commercial Property solicitor Rupika Davda promoted to partner after beginning her paralegal career with DKLM, before progressing to trainee, associate and senior associate.


“Rupika consistently performed at a very high standard – and has shown she has the necessary technical, management and business development skills to be a successful partner,” said a spokesperson for DKLM.


Also in the Commercial Property department, Matthew Stayt and Suzanne Low have been promoted to Senior Associate – the firm says that both have very strong skills and expertise in Commercial and Residential conveyancing, as well as proving themselves to be “dynamic commercial lawyers with a strong client focus”.


In the Corporate Law team, Michelle Foster has been promoted to Associate with the firm – she works closely with DKLM’s Head of the Corporate Department, Patrick Gilmour, and is described as “a rising star”.


DKLM says she has been instrumental in building up the new development work, with a particular emphasis on the Chinese market.


DKLM is based in the City of London but has an international focus. The firm was established in 2004 and has grown substantially to enable the team to provide a one-stop service to meet all of its clients’ personal and business needs.


“Based in EC1, our expert legal teams offer a complete range of legal services to our private and commercial clients.


“In the last decade, we have been careful to listen to the needs of our clients –

and as they have expanded and grown, we have also expanded our areas of practice and sought out new opportunities for the firm and our clients internationally.”


In 2012, DKLM signed a Strategic Association with Zhonglun W&D Law Firm – one of mainland China’s largest and most highly regarded law firms. 


“The alliance provides our clients and professional contacts with access to over 400 lawyers in 11 associated offices across China – and associated offices in Hong Kong, Riyadh, Lyon, Paris, Berlin and Hamburg. Our differences are our strengths.”


The firm has strong expertise in the company’s core areas of Business Immigration, Commercial Property, Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, Private Client, Estate Planning and Estate Administration, Property Litigation and Residential Conveyancing. DKLM also provides specialist services for Mediation/ADR and Licensing and Tech Law –and offers a serviced office/company secretarial service for international clients.


The name DKLM is formed from the initials of four founding partners of the firm – Alan Dixon, Jeremy Kleinfeld, Philip Li and Kiran Morzeria.


“Each founding partner comes from a very different community and has a very different background. 


“From its inception, the foundation stone of DKLM has been the diversity of its clients, partners and staff – many of our staff are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, French, Spanish, Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi or Punjabi.


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