Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, a key theme of 2020 has been diversity and inclusivity. This two-part update addresses this theme in detail
Joining the 25-strong partnership this month within ACS’s specialist housing and childcare services teams are Baljit Basra, Jas Tamber and Natalie Singh.
Highly experienced in housing litigation, Baljit Basra becomes partner as an authority in the firm’s housing management team leading on asset management litigation. She also heads up ACS’s corporate litigation team and plays a key role in the ‘operational spine’ of the firm.
Jas Tamber joined ACS in 2005 and now leads on the firm’s children’s work. Jas has been instrumental in establishing the team’s reputation among the best in the West Midlands.
He is the convenor of the Birmingham Child Care Practitioners Group and a former Hershman/Levy Award winner.
Joining in 2012, Natalie Singh specialises in funding and finance work, primarily for ACS’s housing sector clients, and also for the firm’s third and voluntary sector clients. Natalie has led in developing this new marketplace, recently winning a number of mandates to act on capital markets transactions with institutional investors.
Other key promotions in ACS’s childcare, housing and corporate ligation teams are Sally Jones, who moves up to senior associate, and Alex Loxton and Alison Room who both become associates.
Rated 'fantastic' by Legal 500 2013, Sally Jones joined ACS in 2012. She manages the firm’s Legal Aid contract within the childcare team where she is a senior Children Panel lawyer representing vulnerable children. She also sits on the Birmingham Family Justice Board and Family Business committee.
Chartered legal executive Alex Loxton is a senior housing litigator in the corporate litigation team. Previously chair of the Birmingham Committee of CILEx, she was a finalist as Chartered Legal Executive of the Year in the Birmingham Law Society Awards 2014.
Alison Room joined ACS in 2007 as a trainee solicitor and is a commercial and property litigator in ACS’s corporate litigation team, specialising in large commercial and property disputes for commercial clients, charities and churches, housing, and public sector organisations.
Senior partner Peter Hubbard said: “Recognising outstanding legal talent is a major part of our commitment to providing the very best legal support to meet the high expectations of our clients nationwide.
“They are greatly valued members of our team and have made a huge impact in our specialist sectors. These promotions are well deserved.”
Pictured (l to r): Sally Jones, Jas Tamber, Alison Room and Baljit Basra.
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