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Devonshires promotes two housing solicitors to partner

Law firm Devonshires has promoted two housing solicitors to partner in its latest round of promotions.

The appointments of Lee Russell and Mark Foxcroft alongside medical negligence specialist Karen Cathcart take the total number of partners at the firm to 41.

Russell and Foxcroft both advise on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious housing and property litigation matters, primarily for local authorities and registered providers.

Devonshires highlighted how Russell was one of the first solicitors to qualify as part of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s fully qualifying law degree – combining undergraduate and postgraduate legal studies in one.

He advises on all aspects of housing management and property litigation and has a background in mental health, safeguarding and capacity – advising on associated regulatory matters, including healthcare providers under CQC regulation.

Foxcroft also conducts general property litigation, which includes work involving both residential and commercial properties. Prior to joining Devonshires, he worked as a legal adviser at Southern Housing Group, a G15 housing association.

Cathcart works across all areas of medical negligence but specialises in dealing with surgical errors, misdiagnosis of illnesses including cancer and birth injuries.

Philip Barden, senior partner at Devonshires, said: “In these times, to be looking after our younger lawyers – and I am pleased to say expanding – is everything and reflects on years of hard work. We have kept our salaries intact, not reduced hours and looked after our clients and our people; like all firms we endured a period of uncertainty but we are emerging stronger and more collegiate than ever.

“I am delighted to welcome them to the partnership and wish them every future success. We look forward with confidence in our ability to meet the ever changing legal landscape and deliver too quality legal services.”