ONE of the North-East’s best-known legal firms has continued to grow by expanding its team in one of the most complex and sensitive areas of the law.
BHP Law has almost doubled the size of its Family Law team, with the recruitment of experienced specialists Alexandra Clancy and Cheryl Whyte as senior associates to further strengthen the public law children offering at the firm, along with Maariyah Zaman and Nicole Shaw as trainee solicitors.
It is the latest stage of the company’s ambitious expansion programme as it builds on a proud history dating back to the 1800s.
Managing Partner John Pratt said: “We have made it clear that our aim is to grow the company, and this is an important part of that expansion plan – investing in expert knowledge and experience in a very specialist area of the law.”
Alexandra, Cheryl, Maariyah and Nicole – all graduates of Teesside University – have joined BHP Law from a High Street law firm on Teesside.
Alexandra and Cheryl, who were both raised in Middlesbrough, have Children Panel Accreditation, which means they are classed as specialist lawyers, qualified to represent parents, wider family members and children in public and private cases. They each bring ten years of specialist experience, predominantly in care proceedings.
Their cases can involve sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, and fabricated or induced illness. They can also represent young people who have had their liberty restricted.
Alexandra said: “It’s really exciting to be part of one of the region’s oldest and most respected law firms, with multiple offices, and a depth of