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Four Promotions at Blandy & Blandy LLP

Blandy & Blandy LLP has announced four promotions, with Victoria Charlesson, Gemma Smith and Chris Wilson becoming associate solicitors and Jessica Irwin a senior associate solicitor.

Victoria Charlesson is a member of the firm’s Planning & Environmental Law team, ranked among the best in the country, and qualified as a solicitor in 2013 having also trained at the firm. Victoria advises on a variety of strategic planning projects spanning the Thames Valley and beyond and on all key areas of planning and environmental law.

She commented: “Promotion to associate provides me with new opportunities to assist with building the externally recognised expertise of the Blandy’s Planning and Environmental team, and I am delighted to have been invited to become an associate with the firm.”

Gemma Smith joined the firm’s Commercial Property team in 2014, having qualified as a solicitor in 2012. Her experience includes commercial landlord and tenant work, the acquisition and disposal of freehold properties and secured lending.

Gemma said: “I have really enjoyed my first few years at the firm, in a fantastic team, and I’m very proud to have been promoted to associate in such an established and growing firm.”

Chris Wilson also trained at the firm and qualified as a solicitor in the Corporate team in 2012. He advises businesses and organisations on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters and added: “I’m pleased to become an associate at Blandy & Blandy and look forward to building upon the successes of both the corporate and commercial team and the firm.”

A member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution team, Jessica Irwin predominantly handles property-related disputes, dealing with both commercial and residential property matters, working closely with the firm’s Property and Planning teams.

She trained at the firm, before qualifying as a solicitor in 2000, and her experience and expertise have been recognised in both Chambers UK Guide and The Legal 500.

Jessica commented: “I am delighted that my commitment and value to the firm is being recognised with this promotion and look forward to continuing to contribute to its success.”

Chairman and partner Brenda Long congratulated the four: “It is always a pleasure to see our solicitors progressing within the firm, reflecting their profiles in the Thames Valley business community and their contribution to the firm. Indeed, three of those promoted trained at Blandy & Blandy, highlighting our longer term vision and ongoing commitment to investing in and developing our staff.”