Appointment of two Senior Associates announced by Birketts

24 September 2019

Birketts has announced the appointment of Sarah Overy as a Senior Associate in its esteemed Family team and Gillian Creed as a Senior Associate in its highly reputable Banking Team. Both Sarah and Gillian are based in Birketts’ Cambridge office, but will support colleagues across all four offices in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich and Norwich.

Sarah qualified in 1996 and has over 25 years’ experience in Family law guiding clients through cases across all areas of family and matrimonial law, including same sex marriage, civil partnerships, children and parenting, divorce and financial disputes.

As well as dealing with an array of complex and sensitive matters including pre and post nuptial agreements, Sarah is a highly experienced accredited Mediator who helps couples to reach realistic and practical solutions during separation, particularly where children are involved.

Gillian qualified in 2004 and has over twelve years’ experience as a banking solicitor acting for a wide range of clients, including borrowers and lenders. Prior to joining Birketts, Gillian trained at a London-based global law firm, where she gained experience acting on leveraged finance and conventional lending transactions. Following this, Gillian worked in-house for a bank, providing commercially focussed legal advice on a broad range of lending matters.

Commenting on her appointment, Sarah Overy, said: “It is a privilege to join Birketts in a year of record development, as it once more posts extremely impressive growth figures and I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to its culture of excellence.”

Commenting on her appointment, Gillian Creed, said: “It is exciting to join an area of the firm’s practice that has grown steadily over the last few years. I am looking forward to advising clients throughout the business life cycle and applying my knowledge in order to help them obtain positive outcomes.”

Oliver Gravell, Partner and Head of the Family Team, said of Sarah’s appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Sarah to the team. She has deep experience across the full range of Family law matters as well as her work as a  mediator. As the family team’s unique mixture of skills ensures that clients are guided through what is often a very difficult time with compassion and expert advice, I have no doubt Sarah will be a terrific asset in this regard.”

Alex Schaafsma, Partner, Banking and Finance Team, commented on Gillian’s appointment: “I am very pleased to announce Gillian’s appointment to the Banking and Finance Team. Her varied experience, working both in house and in private practice has equipped her with the comprehensive and commercial understanding of the finance transactions, which will be very valuable to the team and the firm as a whole.”