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Pepperells Solicitors Celebrates Success as 11 Business Leaders Graduate from their Annual Business Leadership Program!

A leading legal powerhouse, Pepperells Solicitors, proudly announces the successful completion of its Annual Business Leadership Program, where 11 talented professionals emerged as adept business leaders. Facilitated by the firm's dedicated business and leadership coaches Matthew Atkin and Des Mannion. This program stands as a testament to Pepperells Solicitors commitment to nurturing and advancing leadership within the legal industry.

The 12-month Business Leadership Program, a cornerstone of Pepperells professional development initiatives, saw 11 participants undergo intensive training, mentorship, and strategic learning. The program, curated to cultivate leadership excellence, covered a spectrum of topics crucial to navigating the dynamic landscape of leadership in the legal industry.

Matthew Atkin, esteemed business coach overseeing the program, expressed immense pride in the participants' accomplishments. "It's been a privilege to witness the growth and dedication of these 11 business leaders over the course of the program. Their commitment to honing their leadership skills is truly commendable, and I'm confident that they will play pivotal roles in shaping the future success of Pepperells."

The graduates, representing diverse backgrounds in both legal and non legal roles demonstrated their newfound skills through collaborative projects, case studies, and real-world applications. Covering topics of strategic thinking, effective communication, business planning and innovative problem-solving, effective team and self management,  which positions them as influential leaders within the business.

Ben Pepperell, CEO commended the graduates, saying, "We are elated to celebrate the achievements of these 11 exceptional individuals who have successfully completed our first Business Leadership Program. As a firm, we are dedicated to fostering talent and empowering our team members to thrive in leadership roles. This program is a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation."

The success of this year's Business Leadership Program reaffirms Pepperells’ position as a frontrunner in talent development within the legal sector. The firm looks forward to witnessing the continued success and contributions of these newly accredited business leaders.

Victoria Neale, Deputy Head of Dispute Resolution said “It has been a real privilege to have been invited to be part of the first cohort on the Business Leadership program at Pepperells. I have worked here for over 5 years within the Dispute Resolution team and the core values of the business have always been something that I am passionate about, to be able to work with other like-minded individuals and be given the tools to drive the business forward is something I am hugely proud of” 

Charlotte Johnson, Head of Private Client added “As a younger member of the leadership team within the firm, the Leadership Course has really helped me grow and develop into my role over this year. I am very grateful for the investment into my future and look forward to using these skills as I progress in my career.”

Craig Day, Head of People and Culture commented “I have gained immense value from the leadership course. The experience of being surrounded by like-minded individuals, all eager to exchange insights and ideas on maximising personal and team performance, was truly enriching. I am enthusiastic about implementing the theories I've learned and collaborating further with the group to contribute to the ongoing success and growth of Pepperells.”

The Business Leadership program objective has been to develop the leadership talent in the firm to continue to support a rapidly growing business, underpinning the firm's vision to be a high performing, fast paced leader in the legal landscape. The cohort will benefit from continued individualised 1:2:1 coaching going forward, continuing to invest in their skills and talents.

In light of the inaugural success of the Business Leadership Program, Pepperells have made the strategic decision to conduct the program on an annual basis, welcoming new participants each year. 


Delegates who have completed the 2023 Business Leadership Program are:

  • Shuhel Ahmed; Director and Head of Residential Property
  • Ryan Crellin; Director and Head of Corporate Commercial
  • Craig Day; Head of People and Culture
  • Clare Williams; Business Development Manager
  • Charlotte Johnson; Head of Private Client
  • Mina Davy; Residential Conveyancing Solicitor
  • Nichola Skayman; Head of Domestic Abuse and Private Law Children
  • David Kemshall; Director and Head of Divorce and Finance
  • Stephen Orridge; Director and Head of Compliance 
  • Cora Connel; Director and Head of Family Law Care Team
  • Victoria Neale; Deputy Head of Dispute Resolution

For more information about Pepperells and the comprehensive legal services available, please click here or call 01522 717410.

Pepperells Solicitors is a modern, full-service firm offering legal solutions in Family Law, Property & Housing, Business Services, Criminal Defence, Civil Matters, Contentious Probate, Medical Negligence, and Wills & Probate.

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