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Posted 03/02/2016


Talented new lawyers have joined Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ litigation and education teams, bringing fresh expertise to the firm.

Gillie Abbotts-Jones has joined the litigation team in Cheltenham as senior associate, specialising in intellectual property and commercial disputes. Gillie largely advises on the protection, management, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights. She joins from Michael Simkins LLP in London, a media and entertainment specialist firm, where she advised international music, film and advertising clients. Gillie will be working closely with the firm’s commercial intellectual property teams, in-house patent and trade mark attorneys.

Education specialist Charlotte Melhuish has joined the Cheltenham team as an associate, supporting the firm’s independent schools and academies team dealing with pupil exclusions, parental complaints, data protection, child protection and safeguarding, special educational needs and discrimination claims.  Charlotte’s expertise and standing as a leading practitioner is recognised by premier legal directory Chamber and Partners.

She said: “Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team is a national player in the sector and I am very happy to be working with leaders in the field. I know that, as the educational landscape changes, we will be in an excellent position to support schools creating new structures and policies.”

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 370 staff and partners based at offices in the Wye Valley, Hereford, Worcester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide.  The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, hospitality and leisure, defence, security and the forces, construction and legal services for matters involving children.

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