Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Prew Lumley has been appointed managing partner of the firm’s Leeds office. She succeeds John Alderton, who has led the office for nearly 10 years, and who will continue to lead the Leeds Restructuring & Insolvency Practice.
Prew Lumley trained and qualified with the firm, and was made a partner in 2002. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer, advising on complex development and strategic land work and property portfolio management. She has led the UK retail real estate team for over 10 years, acting for well-known high street retailers and restaurants. Prew and fellow real estate lawyer Karen French were the first partners at the firm to job share, one of the first arrangements of its kind within the legal industry, and a role they managed successfully for over 13 years.
Outside the firm, Prew was the first chair of the LeedsBID, an elected post she held for over five years and she was also non-executive director of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. She was recently recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2023, a list celebrating standout legal professionals seen to be doing the most important work in the country.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the office I joined as a trainee so long ago,” commented Prew. “The strength of this office is founded on our long history in the city and a strong entrepreneurial culture which, together with our extensive global network of offices, means we are uniquely placed to serve clients wherever they have interests.”
John Alderton added: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to lead the office for the last decade. Prew has played an important role in our success over many years and she will do a fantastic job as office managing partner.”
“Prew’s dynamism and drive has seen her lead the charge on many fronts at the firm,” said European managing partner Jonathan Jones. “She is rightly recognised as a trailblazer, and we are delighted that she has agreed to take up this important leadership role.”
The Leeds office was founded in Yorkshire over 130 years ago, and now has 25 partners and over 250 staff. Last year, the firm won Professional Services Law Firm of the Year at TheBusinessDesk.com Yorkshire Business Masters Awards and it also won Corporate Law Firm of the Year at Insider’s Yorkshire Dealmakers Awards.