Three new female partners have swelled the senior ranks at Tees Law, a Top 200 law firm with offices in Bishop’s Stortford, Brentwood, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Royston and Saffron Walden. Letty Glaister, Eleanor Burroughs and Kay Piper’s promotions to the partnership mean that female lawyers now comprise the majority of the firm’s partners. In a profession where women typically occupy less than a third of partnership roles, Tees is leading the way in supporting female lawyers to access senior positions and progress in their careers.
Tees’ Head of HR Amy O’Brien commented: “Tees encourages and values diversity and is committed to equality for its entire staff. Fifty-three percent of partners at Tees are women and having such a balanced split works really well for us. Each partner, be they male or female, brings different strengths and qualities to the team and contributes to driving the company forward. These principles of equality of opportunity and non-discrimination also extend to the manner in which our employees interact with our clients, our business partners and our visitors.”
Kay Piper is head of Tees’ Commercial Property department in the Bishop’s Stortford office. Speaking of her appointment, Kay says: “I am looking forward to increasing the team’s presence and connections within the community, reaching out to build local awareness of Tees’ expertise in Commercial Property matters. I am also very keen to further develop a collaborative team within Tees, ensuring that we work together to deliver a joined-up service for our clients. Whilst the entire Tees team is currently working from home, we’re still working hard to keep connected with our clients and to each other. We’re actually finding that we’re communicating more than ever.”
Letty Glaister, who heads up the Royston office, hopes to further strengthen her relationships within the rural community and cement Tees as the law firm of choice for farming clients throughout Hertfordshire and Essex. “It’s really important that our clients trust us implicitly, and that can only be achieved by making a real effort to strengthen our links with the surrounding community, especially during these difficult times, when many rural families are feeling concerned and isolated due to social distancing measures,” she says. “Particularly in the rural world, maintaining close relationships is vital as we are dealing with farms that have been in families for generations, meaning that emotions can run high for all concerned.”
Eleanor Burroughs, who has been working at Tees’ Saffron Walden office for 11 years, heads up its Residential Property department and, in addition to her partnership promotion, has also been promoted to Head of the Saffron Walden office with effect from April. Going forward as a partner, Eleanor is “looking forward to maintaining the close links we have worked so hard to build up with the local community, and to building the Tees brand”.
Ashton Hunt, Group Managing Director at Tees, is delighted by the three new partners’ success: “At Tees, we have always been assiduous in ensuring our female solicitors are supported in progression to senior roles. Letty, Eleanor and Kay have all consistently demonstrated their excellence in their fields and commitment to our firm during their time here. Whilst leading their teams remotely during these challenging times, they continue to deliver a consistently excellent service to their clients. Their promotion to Partner is thoroughly well deserved.”