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Cotswold career power moves

PUBLISHED: 15:55 28 August 2018

Kim Klahn, James Mottram and Mark Miller, Lodders


We find out whose career is going places in the Cotswolds...

Kim Klahn, James Mottram and Mark Miller, Lodders

Law firm Lodders has announced the appointment of new partner heads for both its company commercial and real estate teams, a new equity partner and two associate promotions.

Central to the firm’s ongoing succession planning and expansion strategy, partner Kim Klahn is appointed to lead the Company and Commercial team in Stratford upon Avon, whilst commercial and residential property and land development specialist and partner, Mark Miller, is appointed head of Lodders’ Real Estate team.

James Mottram, a residential development specialist, is promoted to Equity Partner after three years with Lodders’ Real Estate practice.

The firm’s Real Estate team has also promoted Cheryl Payne and Laura Taylor to Associate.

Kim Klahn is a company and commercial law specialist, and trained and qualified at Lodders. She became a partner in the Business Group in 2015, and specialises in advising on a range of company and commercial matters.

She takes over as team head in Lodders’ Stratford office from Victor Matts, who has been with Lodders since 1990 and led the firm’s Business Group for more than 20 years. He will continue as a partner at the firm.

Mark Miller joined Lodders as an equity partner in 2016. Known for his niche specialism in strategic land work in particular, he acts for landowners, developers, investors and end users including large national and multinational organisations.

Mark will head the Real Estate practice with support from Paul Mourton - Lodders’ managing partner - Nick East and James Mottram.

The team, which has consistently received the highest Tier 1 ranking in The Legal 500 and Chambers Directories, has thirty specialist real estate, commercial property, planning, construction and highways legal experts, including nine partners, operating from Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham and Birmingham.

Rhys Joyce, St James’s Place

A young high flier has proven disability need not be a barrier in the financial world by landing a job with a leading FTSE 100 company.

Rhys Joyce is a student at National Star College in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, a specialist college for young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties.

The 19-year-old who is originally from Bridgend, Wales, has Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy.

Rhys has been accepted on a one-year contract at St James’s Place Cheltenham head office.

Rhys Joyce, St James's PlaceRhys Joyce, St James's Place

Rebecca Pike, BPE solicitors

BPE Solicitors, a leading Gloucestershire law firm, has appointed Rebecca Pike as a Senior Associate to the firm’s Family team.

Joining BPE from Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Rebecca has practised in family law for more than a decade, advising clients on divorce, injunction proceedings and civil partnerships, and regularly assists unmarried couples.

Rebecca is also experienced in children’s law, from child protection concerns to assisting couples in arrangements regarding their children.


Rebecca Pike, BPE SolicitorsRebecca Pike, BPE Solicitors

Steve Chamberlain, MHA Monahans

Steve Chamberlain has joined MHA Monahans in Swindon as Senior VAT Manager, bringing with him 30 years of VAT expertise.

He was previously VAT Director at RSM UK and spent ten years as a VAT Inspector for HMRC. This appointment will bolster the firm’s VAT advisory service and clients across the region will be able to access this specialist knowledge.

Steve said:  “VAT can be a difficult area for businesses  but with the right advice, it is possible to have a solution that works, doesn’t cost a fortune and that people can understand.”


Steve Chamberlain, MHA MonahansSteve Chamberlain, MHA Monahans

Ben Gouldby, HR Wallingford

Oxford-based HR Wallingford’s Chief Technical Director of Flood Risk, Ben Gouldby, has been appointed Visiting Professor in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. 

He has been collaborating with Dr Ivan Haigh, Associate Professor in Coastal Oceanography at the university on research into extreme coastal flooding scenarios for England and Wales.

 The results of this have now been used to inform the coastal flooding aspects of the Cabinet Office’s National Risk Register (NRR) of Civil Emergencies.


Ben Gouldby, HR WallingfordBen Gouldby, HR Wallingford

Richard Palmer, Roadnight Taylor

Roadnight Taylor, an independent power consultancy, has appointed land and energy professional, Richard Palmer, to the team.

In his role as Senior Consultant, in Burford, he will be providing commercial, industrial, farming and local authority clients advice on how they can reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint and increase revenues by combining a mix of energy generation, flexibility, and storage technologies behind their electricity meters.

Richard said: “The energy industry is moving incredibly fast, making it an exciting time to move.


Richard Palmer, Roadnight TaylorRichard Palmer, Roadnight Taylor

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