Law firm Stone King strengthens Birmingham presence with two appointments

National law firm Stone King has strengthened its growing presence in Birmingham with two key appointments. The firm welcomes Senior Associates Esther Maxwell and Charlotte Melhuish to its Education Team who will both join Stone King in May 2018 from Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Esther originally practised as an employment lawyer before broadening into education law. At Stone King she will advise schools on a range of matters including academy conversions and transfers, safeguarding and special educational needs (SEND) pupils. Esther is also a panel member of the Department for Education’s Teacher Disciplinary Tribunal.

Charlotte is a specialist education solicitor with particular expertise in SEND and safeguarding issues for independent schools and academies. She has built up her education experience at firms including Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Darbys Solicitors (now Knights LLP) and latterly at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, as well as through her role as a school governor. Among her first engagements with Stone King, Charlotte will be attending next month’s Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) Annual Conference in Brighton, on 9 and 10 May.

Steven Greenwood, Managing Partner at Stone King, says: “We are very pleased to welcome Esther Maxwell and Charlotte Melhuish to our Education Team, their proven expertise in the sector will be a great asset in our multi-disciplinary education sector team in Birmingham. Their appointment is also part of our strategy to expand in Birmingham and the West Midlands, showing our commitment to the region and reaffirming our position as national leaders in the education sector.”

Stone King is a leading national law firm with more than 240 people across offices in Leeds, London, Bath, Cambridge and Birmingham. With over 200 years of experience the firm provides specialist legal advice and solutions to the four sectors of education; charity and social enterprise; business; and private client.


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