Lodders makes trio of senior appointments

John Rouse, Nicole Romera and Vicky Khandker all join law firm Lodders this month


Midlands law firm Lodders has boosted its private client and corporate teams with three heavyweight senior hires this month. The firm has hired John Rouse, Vicky Khandker and Nicole Romera who are all based at Lodders’ Warwickshire office in Stratford upon Avon.

Experienced wills, tax and trusts lawyer John Rouse joins the firm’s Private Client team as a partner, after 17 years at Leamington Spa firm Wright Hassall LLP, where he had been a partner since 2004. He is well known as a leading advisor to entrepreneurs, business owners, high net worth individuals and farmers, on matters including estate, tax and succession planning.

Also starting at the firm this month is property litigation specialist Vicky Khandker, who joins Lodders’ Dispute Resolution team as Senior Associate. She was previously with The Wilkes Partnership in Birmingham for ten years, most recently as Senior Associate specialising in all aspects of property disputes with a particular focus on commercial landlord and tenant. She has also worked at Geldards LLP.

The firm’s third new hire this month, is Nicole Romera who joins as a solicitor in Lodders Corporate & Commercial team. A specialist in corporate and commercial transactional and contracts work, she has moved to the firm after 14 years at Brethertons Solicitors LLP, where she worked in its litigation, commercial property and company commercial teams at its Banbury and Bicester locations.

Lodders’ latest hiring spree follows sustained growth in instructions across the firm’s office network, and is part of a major recruitment drive, according to the firm’s senior partner Martin Green: “Lodders continues to achieve sustained growth as we maintain our reputation for exceptional legal advice and client service that continues to gain recognition for many of our teams from both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories.

“We have already made five senior appointments across our office network so far this year, and boosted our family law expertise with our merger this month with Divorce and Family Law Practice (DFLP), one of Birmingham’s leading family and divorce legal practices, which involved all of its eleven-strong team, headed by partners and co-founders Beverley Morris and Joan Price, moving to the firm.

“The hire of John Rouse represents a heavyweight addition to our Private Client practice, which is one of the largest in the region and remains number one in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK, for its advice. John’s expertise and knowledge, especially of the agricultural sector, rural and farming communities, are a perfect fit for the firm and our clients.

“Alongside, our Real Estate and Dispute Resolution teams have grown both in numbers and instructions, and we continue to look for excellent lawyers – like our latest recruits Vicky and Nicole, who are both experienced specialists in these areas – to join these teams, as part of our ongoing, firm-wide recruitment drive to find ambitious, talented individuals.”

Lodders is a premier law firm in Warwickshire, the West Midlands, Cheltenham, the North Cotswolds, and Gloucestershire. The firm has 25 partners and over 130 fee earners and support staff across its office network. With its portfolio of sector and market specific legal teams, the firm has recorded year-on-year growth in recent years, with clients predominantly private and family businesses, landowners, farmers and high net worth individuals.