In the Spotlight
In the spotlight provides more in depth information about a selection of our fee earners and why they chose SJP Law to do the work they love.
SJP Law is one of East Yorkshire’s leading law firms based in Hull and York, providing expert support in commercial law, private client, personal legal advice, clinical negligence and complex personal injury cases.
When you join SJP Law you can expect to be challenged with complex legal work, and rewarded in kind with a generous financial package, excellent benefits and real opportunities for advancement.
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Andrew Cooney - Commercial Solicitor
Andrew has over 25 years of experience in commercial property, supporting and advising commercial and private clients on property transactions, development and estate management work. Andrew supports owner-managed businesses, investors and developers across the region to ensure that they make the right decisions when it comes to property.
Andrew completed his LLB Law at University of Hull in 1989 and Law Society at London Guildhall University in 1993. He qualified as a solicitor at Gosschalks Solicitors, where he stayed until 1998.
DLA Piper in Leeds followed, where he acted for a number of large retailers providing tenant real estate advice. The experience Andrew gained through this work has given him an advantage when advising landlords as to tenant bargaining positions.
Andrew joined Lockings Solicitors in 2001 and was a Partner there during the height of the property boom.
Andrew joined SJP Law in May 2014. When asked what attracted him to the firm, Andrew said: “I was aware of SJP’s reputation for complex and high value work. After meeting with Simon Gittings and Claire Charman, the firm’s core values resonated with me and it was clear that SJP was a commercially minded firm, with a commitment to providing innovative solutions to unique challenges.” “I have now been with the firm for over 5 years. I really enjoy working with the firm’s clients, as well as being able to maintain strong relationships with clients and professional colleagues I have worked with throughout my career. Most satisfying is the autonomy and freedom to do the work I love.”
Andrew is a keen cyclist and has taken advantage of the firm’s Cycle to Work scheme. Rather than get stuck in traffic, Andrew cycles to and from work every day, which helped him prepare for his recent 250 mile trip from Severn Bridge to the Humber Bridge in 2.5 days in aid of a Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
The Cycle to Work Scheme is just one of SJP Law’s many staff benefits. We are keen to support our employees’ health and wellbeing and have a number of initiatives to support healthy lifestyles.
Fran Ibson - Medical Negligence Solicitor
Medical Negligence Solicitor
Fran completed her LLB Law at University of Warwick in 2003 and went straight on to do her LPC at the College of Law in York. Fran spent several years undertaking project management work in the fields of community development, crime and disorder reduction and regeneration prior to doing her training contract at a local firm. During her training contract, Fran spent the majority of time in personal injury and family departments and practised family law upon qualification.
In 2010, Fran moved to Australia. She was keen to continue to practise law, but was required to undertake further study to be admitted as an Australian lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Fran studied at Deakin University, Melbourne, whilst working for Ryan Legal, a boutique personal injury and clinical negligence firm in regional Victoria, specialising in medical negligence, public liability, interstate and insurance claims for clients across Australia and internationally.
Fran initially started speaking to SJP Law in January 2017 as she was considering a move back to the UK to be closer to family. For Fran, the biggest attraction to the firm was the complexity of work undertaken by the compensation team, as well as the mix of representing clients and being able to be out and about within the community, building new relationships and supporting charities. In addition, as a working mum, Fran was keen to have flexible working options, which were readily available. Fran was delighted to be offered a role as a solicitor and started at SJP Law in June 2017 after relocating back to the UK. Fran now works 4 days per week, with working hours to fit around childcare.
Since joining SJP Law, Fran has developed a number of relationships across the health sector and voluntary sector, organised and supported events such as the Mental Health Marketplace and Expert Witness Training for psychologists and psychotherapists, as well as charities seminars and coffee mornings. Fran has also been working hard to support her clients to get their lives back on track, which is demonstrated by this quote from one of her clients:
“I thank Fran, Kerry and the rest of the team for their constant hard work and dedication to this claim. I know it can’t have been easy, it will have been hard work and long hours, but most of all I would like to thank Fran and Kerry for being there, caring and having emotions, but remaining professional. That is what makes them stand out as inspirational people because I was not just their job, they actually cared.”
In addition to balancing work and family life, Fran has discovered running and earlier this year, completed the Royal Parks.
If you would like further information about working for SJP Law, please call our Human Resources Manager on 01482 324591. We are always willing to accept and review job applications and CVs from exceptional candidates.